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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! Continue reading


Clare Cunningham is co-founder and Creative Director at Faberdashery. Clare studied Eco Design at Goldsmiths College and has worked freelance on projects ranging from Green Mapping and public art commissioning to sustainable products and promotional design. In 2011 Clare co-founded Faberdashery; a company specialising in producing beautiful, British-made, 3D printing materials. Faberdashery are industry leaders in the production of PLA (bio-plastic) 3D printing filament. Clare is fuelled by Earl Grey tea, a love of making and the conviction that 3D printing is a world changing technology. Follow @iamclarec. Here she explores how the 3D printing movement will encourage more circular ‘stuff’. Continue reading

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Waste Plastic

As part of our stand at the Resource show, The Great Recovery will be creating a ‘materials library’ to display waste materials that present solutions – or create problems – for recycling, reuse and remanufacturing. The focus of our Phase 2 programme is on the interrelationships between design, materials and waste, and the library will comprise a focus for discussion about the challenges and opportunities of product redesign. After the show, the display will form the start of a more permanent materials library installation that will be housed at our new innovation hub in Central London.
Do you have a clever recycling process that turns 80% of waste into shiny new materials? If so, we’d love to know about it. But we’d also like to know about the remaining 20%: why can’t that be recycled or reused? Is it toxic or contaminated, perhaps? Or just not financially worth it? Continue reading