In December 2018, the British Council collaborated with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation for a week-long workshop on circular design as part of Circular Futures Lab in London.
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation explains that ‘designing out waste and pollution’ is a key principle of design in circular economy. It is essential for organisations to build core competencies in circular design to facilitate product reuse, recycling and cascading.
The Philippines’ Altum Concepts joined five other designers, makers and creative practitioners from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam for exploratory hands-on workshops around material research, circular solutions and design strategies. The workshops were run by our partners Materiom, Open Cell, Design Museum, Circular Economy Club and GreenLab. They shared insight on how makers, designers and practitioners can utilise existing tools to reproduce these practices at home.
All six makers received carry-on grants to implement their ideas on how to address their own design challenges and share knowledge from the workshop with their local communities.
Circular Futures Lab is a new programme aimed at supporting a more positive and circular future for the making and design sectors globally