Circular Design Online Resources

There’s so much information about circular design and sustainable design out there that it can be overwhelming. Here’s my directory of resources to make things easier to find.

The Institute of Making in London has a materials library, which is kinda interesting
The Circular Centre in Australia runs programmes to resolve textile waste
EDGE in London is a dedicated resource centre for sustainable materials
Firstplanit is UK based online directory of sustainable building materials
Materio – Database of innovative materials
Circular Material Library – Database of ‘circular’ materials

Greenstone is recycled aggregate for use in construction (Ireland)
Cirtex making A rated insulated upcycled from waste material (Ireland)
Acoustic Materials makes soundproofing panels from tetrapak (Ireland)
Solidwool – wool based fibreglass
Ferre – recycled yarn (Spain)
Honext – cellulose board made from waste paper ( Spain)
Reverso – recycled wool and cashmere (Italy)
Sea Stone – wall tiles made from recycled sea shells (UK)
Marco Arezio – recycled plastic pellets (Italy)
Stonecycling – recycled bricks (The Netherlands)
Stykka – reusable kitchens (Denmark)

Knowledge Resources
Sustainability Glossary – Simple user-friendly guide from We Are Albert
Circular Economy Glossary – from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Net Zero Jargon Buster – from Science Based Targets
Circular Design Europe – Archive of circular design and circular economy related articles
Circular Economy Learning Hub – Introductory articles on circular design and circular economy
Centre for Behaviour & the Environment – Articles on Sustainable Behaviour Change
Circular Economy and Life Cycle Analysis in Construction from IGBC
Circular Economy Guide – Overview of Circular Design Strategies
Buy Green Handbook – Advice on how to procure green services / products (PDF)
Green Public Procurement Guidelines – Issued by EPA in Sept 2021
Academic Journals & Reports on the Circular Economy – from Circuleire
Materiom – DIY recipes for materials made from natural materials
Knowledge Hub – Database of Circular Design / Businesses
Circular X – Database of Circular Design Businesses
EU Circular Economy Portal – examples of circular materials or businesses in Europe
Circular Start – a framework for applying circularity principles to your business
Circlean-Symbiosis – a guide to optimising resource use 
Sustainable Architectural Practice Guide – by Architects Declare
Sustainable Retail Guide – Retail Excellence
How to launch a clothing rental/resale business in 10 months

Design Guides
Circular Product Design – A fantastic, easy-to-follow guide from a Danish design consultancy
Guide to Packaging Design – Upstream Project with Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Prevent & Save Guide – Guide to sustainable packaging from
Package Design for the Circular Economy – from Repak
Packaging Design for the Medtech / pharma industry – Design Partners
Circular Packaging Design Guides – Ceflex
Circular Design Cheat Sheet – from Autodesk
Composite Materials Design Guide – from Ecobulk
A guide to a creative workplace – Steelcase

Engineers without borders – Provides opportunities for engineers to engage in sustainable development
Circular Structural Design – organisation seeking to making structures more circular
Common Objective – Matches Fashion companies with others knowledgeable in sustainability
IOM3 Natural Materials Association – Companies working with natural materials
Print the Change – coop of printing companies using Cradle to Cradle principles in production
Purposed Disruptors – advertising professionals wanting to green their industry

Other Resources
Hubs – Fast Prototyping service (UK)
Wikifactory – Collaborative manufacturing hub
Lumi – Sustainable packaging portal – online collaboration tool
Miro – online whiteboard platform

Cradle to Cradle
Banned list of chemicals for Cradle to Cradle Certification – Cradle to Cradle
List of Ecolabels in Existence – Eco Label Index
Rating of Ecolabels – Developed by the German government
EPD Analyzer – a tool to help to compare Environmental Product Declarations (EPD’s)
Two helpful videos on EPD’s, one for manufacturers, and one for specifiers



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