About Us

The Circular Design Institute was born out of frustration at the lack of clear, concise information on how to design for the circular economy

When studying for a Masters in Product Design for the Circular Economy inNCAD in 2019 – 2021 I came across a wealth of knowledge about the circular economy but very little in the way of ‘How to’ guides.

I’m a pragmatic person, interested in action. Manufacturers and designers need an efficient, effective way to get up to speed on this new way of designing, making and delivering goods to customers. The Circular Design Institute will deliver that.

In the near future will be creating an easy-to-use Circular Design Tool kit. One that blends the best aspects of Design for the Circular Economy and Design for Sustainable Behaviour. Something that doesn’t currently exist. Until it’s ready feel free to check out my guide to existing Free Circular Design Toolkits

Currently I’m delivering training on the circular economy and helping manufacturers and designers prepare for the opportunities and challenges offered by the approaching Circular Economy era. You can find a list of services I provide here.

If you’re not ready to commission circular design services yet then check out my free guides, sign up for my newsletter (see below) or follow me on Instagram or LinkedIn, where I’ll be posting updates on circular economy and design news.

My Background – I’m a qualified 3D designer with over 25 years experience in furniture, exhibition and interior design. I’ve worked with international architectural practices and ran my own interior architectural practice for 5 years. Although Circular Design is a new venture for me I have been writing and speaking about sustainable living for over 5 years now. You can read more about me on my personal LinkedIn profile.

Elaine Butler

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