Newsletter – May 2021

3D printed wood waste homeware Vine

Welcome to the inaugral newsletter of the Circular Design Institute.

The aim of the newsletter is to give you a quick summary of the latest developments in circular and sustainable design and manufacturing from around the world.

Let’s dive in.

What Design Can Do reveals    85 Design Ideas for a Waste-free future 

UK startup Drink Laylo gives boxed wine, which has a 90% lower carbon footprint than glass, a make over

The world’s first solar powered airport generates more power than it consumes thanks to solar panels on the lake of a nearby golfclub

3D printed homeware made from wood waste and bioresin (see photo above)

Canadian company launches modular sofa with removable, repairable, replaceale components

3D printed E-bike wins Green Product Award 2021

UCD launch Diploma in Design Thinking for Sustainability

Lecture on the fundamental role companies can play in driving sustainable consumption patterns through new business models which look beyond the ‘green consumer’, happening 8th of June

Levis latest collection showcases sustainable hemp

Interesting research project on mining landfills for materials  (short funny video)

The Creative Climate Action Fund is offering cash prizes to projects which can meaningfully connect people with profound changes happening in our environment, society and economy arising from climate change. Deadline 31st of May

The Ellen MacArthur are hosting Summit 21 on the 8th, 9th and 10th of June. This year the event involves 3 conversations on climate change

The argument against LCA’s in development of circular business models and designs

North Wales college starts training on electric and hybrid vehicles

A great example of using local materials in construction, which also tackles a threat to local biodiversity

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Till next time


Published by Elaine Butler

I am a circular design consultant helping manfacturers prepare for the circular economy