About Us

Our current linear model of ‘take-make-dispose’ is throwing up major economic and environmental challenges. Risk to our supply chain is increasing, and the cost of materials is rising sharply, putting pressure on businesses to change. We need to shift towards more circular systems and good design thinking is pivotal to this transition.

In order to make this shift, designers need to consider the system as a whole rather than focus on individual components or products. True co-creation is crucial from those involved in these lifecycles: designers and material experts, manufacturers and resource managers, brands and retailers, consumers, policy makers and government, investors & academics all working together. Our mission is to create a neutral space where all disciplines around the circle in the diagram below can learn from each other so that we can create initiatives which move us towards a circular economy.

The Great Recovery, launched in September 2012, is building new networks to explore the issues, investigate innovation gaps and incubate new partnerships. A programme of practical workshops and events support a new competition led by the Technology Strategy Board, who are investing £1.25million into new design and business partnerships that re-think products, components and systems that ‘close the loop’.

Please watch the film above, sign up to our mailing list at the top of the page, come to our workshops and let us know if you have expertise to share. This website will be expanding rapidly so watch this space!

For more background on the roots and history of this project, see Sophie Thomas’s article in the RSA Journal here.

The project is an RSA project, working in partnership with the Technology Strategy Board.