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What is the Great Recovery?

The current economic and environmental challenges of take, make, dispose manufacturing are becoming apparent. Increasing supply risk and rising costs of materials is putting pressure on businesses to change. We need to shift towards more circular systems and good design thinking is pivotal to this transition. The Great Recovery is building new networks to explore the issues, investigate innovation gaps and incubate new partnerships.

RE-Make:Shift:Do – What will you make?


Join us for 2 days of hands on making: Un-lock the potential of acrylic off-cuts to create stunning jewellery, and try your hand at the RSA ReMake Challenge and get crafty with waste!

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Sustaining Creativity: E-Waste “Tear-down”

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The ‘circular economy’ describes a system in which every material is repurposed and recycled, or safely biodegraded into the environment. This workshop is part of a series exploring how to make this a reality in the creative industries.

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The Great Recovery Report


This report covers the first 6 months of the Great Recovery project, including the circular network, workshops and teardown observations and recommendations.

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Plastic – it’s a love/hate thing

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On the 3rd November we gathered together a room full of experts in plastic, from a range of fields: recycling, design, science, engineering and sustainability. A series of short lectures from members of this group revealed some fascinating insights, motivations, ideas, problems in plastic innovation and sustainability.

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Live or work in Scotland?

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The Great Recovery and Zero Waste Scotland are working together to build new networks to explore the issues, investigate innovation gaps and incubate new partnerships for a circular economy in Scotland. Register for more information here.

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