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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.



After spending six months down mines, in hard hats and on factory floors, we have now come to the end of our first Great Recovery workshop series. Join our mailing list to keep up to date with up and coming events.

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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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The Great Recovery at Resource

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We were thrilled by the reception we received at the Resource show last month. Having managed to bag ourselves a front-of-house space, an incredible number of visitors came by to tell us how much they loved the stand, how useful they found our colourful diagrams, and how much they were looking forward to the next phase of the project!

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What’s in your mobile phone?


Dr Hywel Jones from the Materials and Engineering Research Institute at Sheffield Hallam University shows us what’s in our stuff by smashing apart mobile phones in order to raise awareness of the use of the elements in mobile phones.

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It’s time to Wake Up to the True Costs of our Tech

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Hal Rhoades from the Gaia Foundation explores the irony of the digital age and highlights the ‘true costs’ of our technology. He suggests how we can do our bit to minimise the negative by-products of tech consumerism.

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