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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.

Creating a kettle or providing boiled water? Service design for a more circular economy


What exactly is service design, why do we need it and why is it particularly important for building a circular economy?
Find out in The Great Recovery’s 2 day long workshops.

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Recovering Valuable Materials from Waste


Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are to invest up to £4.5m in collaborative R&D projects that seek to increase the recovery of valuable materials from waste streams.

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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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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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Mark Young – How can we design a product for 9 lives?


Mark Young is a product designer based in Gloucestershire. In this blog he talks us through his ideas for designing products with real longevity.

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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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