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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

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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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Tracking and Tracing in a Circular Economy: pushing the bounds of materials and information

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Come and join The Great Recovery in a workshop on tracing and tracking. Participants will be introduced to the concept of material tracking and tracing and what it could mean for the nascent circular economy.

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Service Design for a Circular Economy

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On Monday 19th Jan, we held the first of our service design workshops at the Fab Lab. Mark Shayler and Rob Maslin report on the day.

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Has the circular economy been relegated to the rubbish bins of Brussels?

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Lucy Chamberlin comments on the EU Commission’s Work Programme for 2015 and its rejection of circular economy legislation

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Workshops in Scotland with The Great Recovery

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In collaboration with Zero Waste Scotland, two investigative workshops will take place in Edinburgh on the 2nd Feb and again in Glasgow on the 3rd of February 2015.

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Recovering Valuable Materials from Waste

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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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Triple Win – The social, economic and environmental case for re-manufacturing

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Last month, the RSA Great Recovery attended the report launch of ‘Triple win: The social, economic and Environmental case for remanufacturing’ that took place at Westminster. Miranda Dixon reports on the launch.

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

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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

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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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