‘And the winner of the CIRCO Circular Design Challenge 2016 is…’

Create a consumer product in combination with services and a business model for a circular economy. Be part of this unique design student project and get lots of inspiration, knowledge and exposure. The deadline is 10 July 2016. The Circular Design Challenge takes place from 10 July till 10 October.

In the current ‘take, make, dispose’ linear economy more and more short-lived products are produced. The diminishing of finite resources that end up as worthless waste shows that this system needs to change. A circular economy is the answer to this, keeping products, components and materials at their highest utility and value. Examples of actual integrated circular solutions for consumer products are still scarce.

By joining the Circular Design Challenge you will change this, by creating a design concept that shows what a consumer product might look like in a circular future. All the outcomes combined will inspire and inform the growing community that wants to accelerate the development towards a circular economy.

In the Challenge you will choose a consumer product that you think doesn’t fit a circular economy and that you want to redesign. With input from the CIRCO program and feedback from professionals you will create a concept focussing on the product, service and business model. The progress is posted on a blog to share how you tackled your personal design challenge. The results will be presented during the Dutch Design Week 2016.

Examples from 2015

In the summer of 2015, design students set to work for the Circular Design Cases on exploring opportunities, gaining insight and developing ideas for new products, services and business models that fit within a circular economy. Research was done into the opportunities of the circular economy, while applying the findings of the ‘Products That Last’ study. An eleven-week intensive process resulted in the development of fictional iconic products: inspirational cases for the circular future. The cases were then used to inspire companies and designers to develop circular products and services. The cases clearly described the design process and provided insight into how the theory of ‘Products That Last’ can be applied. Ultimately, the various cases were presented during the Dutch Design Week.

Check out the process and the results at www.circulardesigncases.nl.