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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.

Apply for the Great Recovery Design Residency


Are you a designer interested in taking part in the Great Recovery’s first immersive design residency? Find out more and apply now!

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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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The Tipping Point: Where design comes to die


What happens to stuff we throw away? In our Design Residencies pilot programme, the Great Recovery brought together three designers and gave them a first-hand insight into what happens to products when they are thrown away.

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What’s in your mobile phone? Manchester, 23 October

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Combining design with science, this hands on workshop as part of Design Manchester will introduce participants to the concept of designing for a Circular Economy, all through the medium of the humble mobile phone!

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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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