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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.


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Last weekend, the Great Recovery got crafty with waste! The Fab Lab London opened it’s doors to host a day of jewellery making, laser-cutting and 3D printing with e-waste and acrylic off cuts.

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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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Plastic ‘teardown’ with Julie’s Bicycle and Closed Loop


Last Friday we got together again with Julie’s Bicycle for another fascinating and fun day exploring sustainability and the circular economy. This time we went to Closed Loop Recycling in Dagenham, to see the journey that the many lucky plastic bottles take if they get to this recycling plant.

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Innovate UK Competition – Recovering valuable materials from waste