Design, Glasgow and the circular economy

In November 2017,  12 local design and communications businesses joined Circular Glasgow to explore how design can be used as a lever to unlock circular economy opportunities in Glasgow. The workshop, delivered in partnership with Netherlands-based Circle Economy, gave delegates the opportunity to learn about circular design principles and business models through international best practice examples such as Mud Jeans and Fairphone before concentrating their ideas towards a design challenge that would benefit Glasgow.

Graven & Spreng Thomson

From this workshop, 2 local design agencies, Graven and Spreng Thomson  formed a partnership with Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and Zero Waste Scotland to develop and deliver a circular economy design project that would answer the following questions:

Can the design and communications sectors collaborate to accelerate the development of circular economy business models in order to:

  • Demonstrate how circularity can help Glasgow make the most of its resources to become a leading circular city?
  • Create a template that may be used to develop circularity in other cities?

3 pilot projects are currently in progress, looking specifically at the circular economy potentially within the design and production of leather, jewellery and paper pulp and compostable plastic.

Check back here soon for an update on these projects. 

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