What happens to stuff we throw away? In our Design Residencies pilot programme, the Great Recovery brought together three designers and gave them a first-hand insight into what happens to products when they are thrown away.
The Tipping Point: Where design comes to die
The following projects have all been supported by the Technology Strategy Board as part of their New Designs for a Circular Economy competition. For more information on current competitions, visit our competitions and networks page.
Technology Strategy Board funded projects
The first report by the Circular Economy Task Force describes what businesses and government can do now to secure resources for UK industry through a more circular economy.
Resource Resilient UK
This White Paper presents the findings of exclusive research undertaken by edie.net and Local Authority Waste & Recycling magazine to gauge attitudes within business and the waste management supply chain to the emerging circular economy
Closing the loop: Risk or reward?
Are you frustrated by stuff you have to throw away? Stuff where recycling or repair seems too difficult? Do you have solutions you want to share? The People’s Design Lab can help.
Peoples Design Lab
The Gaia Foundation: Short Circuit
Sophie Thomas says that the waste sector is "either on cusp of something great or the edge of cliff" depending on how fast it can react to resource efficiency pressures.
Resource Revolution Leader: The Designer
What's In My Stuff? engages the public and raises awareness of the chemical elements used in our everyday objects and explores whether an emotional connection between people and high technology devices can be created.
Creative e-waste Jewellery Making: SHU
At LMB, East London, Tickety Boo's Mark Shayler looks at the problem of sustainable fast fashion.
Fashionable Recycling at LMB Textiles
Dr Hywel Jones from Sheffield Hallam University shows us what's in our stuff by smashing apart mobile phones.
What’s in your mobile phone?
The Great Recovery Workshop visits CAT REMAN in Shrewsbury where engines are given a second life through their re-manufacturing program.
Engine re-manufacturing at Cat Reman
Great Recovery Newspaper: E-waste
Our first workshop, in Geevor Tin Mine, Cornwall. Seeing how tin is dug up out of the ground and how it's used in products.
The Great Recovery Workshop: Geevor Tin Mine
S2S refurbish electronics in a really sane way - many e-waste recovery centres crush the whole product, then sort, but S2S repair and refurbish, or take apart by hand those items that can't be fixed.
The Great Recovery Workshop: S2S Electronics
Nick Cliffe from Closed Loop in Dagenham, talks about recycling PET (used in drinks bottles) and HDPE (used in milk bottles).
Closed Loop: Nick Cliffe
Filmed at SWEEEP, Kent.
Royal Designers at the Great Recovery
Ross Barry of LMB Textiles gives us a fascinating insight into just what happens to our unwanted clothes and textiles at the family run recycling facility in East London.
The Art of Textile Recycling at LMB
The Goodlife Centre is an independent learning space situated in Waterloo, Central London, offering practical workshops in DIY, Home Maintenance, and various traditional hand Crafts.
The Goodlife Centre
Resource management is shifting from a linear to a circular economy, causing the emergence of closed loop models that power innovation.
wear2™ is a new textile process technology which allows garments to be selectively disassembled at end of life.
The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world.
The Story of Stuff
Filmed during our workshop at Sweeep in Kent, this film takes a closer look at the amazing Nulife glass cathode ray tube recycling furnace.
Video: CRT Recycling Furnace
"Resource Security Action Plan" by Defra & BIS has been developed in response to private sector concerns about the availability of some raw materials.
Resource Security Action Plan by Defra & BIS
"Strategic Raw Materials, Recovery Capacity and Technologies" by WRAP: a study into the capacity and technologies for treatment and recovery of strategic raw materials.
Strategic Raw Materials by Wrap
This new report by SERI reveals, for the ﬁrst time, data on resource use and resource efﬁciency for all countries of the world over three decades.
Green economies around the world? by SERI
Seizing the growth opportunities of a circular economy.
94 Elements is a global filmmaking project, exploring our lives through the lens of the elements. The stories of the elements are the stories of our own lives.
In September 2012, The Great Recovery hosted a stand at 100% Design, Earls Court. Here are some of the videos of the day.
Great Recovery at 100% Design
Friends of the Earth is now pushing the biggest smartphone companies to agree and implement a plan that will put an end to the human and environmental problems they cause.
Death metal: tin mining in Indonesia
In today’s developed societies we all own an unprecedented amount of “stuff” and nothing is more representative of this than our attitudes to the mobile phone...
What’s in my Stuff?
The Great Recovery has broken down a couple of different circular economy systems into easy to read diagrams.
Systems for a Circular Economy
Take a look at our Great Recovery Pinterest board for visual inspiration.
Great Recovery Pinterest
The restart project host events, encouraging you to bring along your broken electronics and learn how to fix them.
The Restart Project
Nat Hunter has just one minute to tell us about materials as waste, and designing for recovery.
Nat Hunter on materials as waste
Find collaborations across design, manufacturing and recovery.
Online collaboration board
How the ESKTN is helping inform potential beneficiaries of funding for feasibility studies for the TSB's competition.
New Designs for a Circular Economy
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation works with Education and Business to accelerate the transition to a Circular Economy.
Ellen MacArthur Foundation
"There are veins of precious minerals that are richer than any goldmine, running through our cities."
iFixit are a friendly, helpful bunch of people who care about things and want to make them last longer.
Sophie Thomas has "1 Minute to Leave her Mark" on design for recovery
What is ‘Design for Recovery’?
Knowledge Transfer Network Reports
MDF Recovery Ltd has developed a novel, proprietary process to recover wood fibre from waste MDF.
MDF Recovery Ltd
"New business models that rethink ownership can shift value along the supply circle."
McKinsey & Company
The RSC have created an interactive periodic table, showing supply risk, history and more.
Visual Elements Periodic Table
The TSB has created a Environmental Sustainability resource page, containing links to relevant information.
Enviromental Sustainability Resources
Resources on _connect compiled by the Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network
_connect relevant links and resources
The Fixperts project connects people: People that are good at thinking, making and fixing meet and help someone in need.
An amazing bicycle powered cable granulator to make copper retrieval much easier in developing countries.
Esource by Hal Watts
The TSB has created a Materials Security Special Interest Group to bring together designers, chemists, materials scientists, engineers, product developers and more.
Materials security special interest group