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Circular by Design

Exploring the circular economy: reuse of waste as a way to keep materials in use and bring the legacy of the linear system full circle.

Genette Dibsdall Makes Luxury Garments From Discarded Festival Tents

Genette Dibsdall Makes Luxury Garments From Discarded Festival Tents

Horrified by the abandoned tents left after a music festival, Genette Dibsdall conceived The Maverick – a transformable luxury garment made from the waste tents.

2022 Year in Review: Circular by Design

2022 Year in Review: Circular by Design

Design Milk contributor Katie Treggiden explores the circular economy in our Circular by Design column. Let's review what went on in 2022!

Smile Plastics Turns Yogurt Pots Into Terrazzo-Like Surface Panels

Smile Plastics Turns Yogurt Pots Into Terrazzo-Like Surface Panels

Smile Plastics designs and manufactures hand-crafted, supersized terrazzo-like panels for retail, architecture, interiors, and product design – from waste.

Juliane Fink Makes Edible Dog Food Bowls From Pig Bladders

Juliane Fink Makes Edible Dog Food Bowls From Pig Bladders

Designer Juliane Fink creates a collection of single-use dog bowls from pig bladders that dogs can eat as part of their meal.

Síofra Caherty Turns Tarps, Waste Leather, and Airplane Straps Into Bags

Síofra Caherty Turns Tarps, Waste Leather, and Airplane Straps Into Bags

Síofra Caherty of Jump The Hedges makes colorful bags from reclaimed truck tarpaulin, airplane seat parts, and waste leather.

Spared Turns Waste Coat Hangers + Sugar Cane Into the XOU Light

Spared Turns Waste Coat Hangers + Sugar Cane Into the XOU Light

Spared turned waste into the XOU Light comprising ‘X’ ‘O’ and ‘U’ shapes that stand for ‘hug and a kiss’ (XO) for you (U).

Monostudio Associati Makes Tiles From Marble Waste, Coffee Grounds, and Eggshells

Monostudio Associati Makes Tiles From Marble Waste, Coffee Grounds, and Eggshells

Monostudio Associati sought a more circular and sustainable practice leading them to start developing interior finishes from waste materials, like marble waste, coffee grounds, and eggshells.

Claire Ellis Makes Vessels From Waste Clay, Eggshells, Glass, and More

Claire Ellis Makes Vessels From Waste Clay, Eggshells, Glass, and More

Claire Ellis creates unique vessels using a menagerie of waste materials collected locally, like clay, eggshells, glass, and clay bags.

Henry Swanzy Makes Acoustic Wall Tiles From Wood + Chocolate Waste

Henry Swanzy Makes Acoustic Wall Tiles From Wood + Chocolate Waste

Henry Swanzy transforms waste – wood shavings and chocolate husks from local businesses – into geometric acoustic wall tiles.

Sarah Christensen Makes Home Accessories From Used Coffee Grounds

Sarah Christensen Makes Home Accessories From Used Coffee Grounds

Sarah Christensen takes used coffee waste from a local café and turns it into a terrazzo-like material to make modern home objects.

Jamie Norris Green Turns Scallop and Oyster Shells Into Lighting

Jamie Norris Green Turns Scallop and Oyster Shells Into Lighting

Jamie Norris Green creates 3D printed lighting made from a bio-degradable polymer that includes waste oyster and scallop shells.

Green&Blue Turns Clay Waste Into Habitats for Birds, Bees, and Bats

Green&Blue Turns Clay Waste Into Habitats for Birds, Bees, and Bats

Design Milk speaks to UK-based Green&Blue who are on a mission to make havens for wildlife with Bee Brick made from clay waste.

Corrie Williamson Makes Jewelry + Mobiles From Offcuts of Other Makers' Work

Corrie Williamson Makes Jewelry + Mobiles From Offcuts of Other Makers' Work

London-based Corrie Williamson makes jewelry + hanging mobiles from wooden and metal offcuts leftover from the work of other designer-makers.

Darren Appiagyei Turns Wood From Fallen Trees Into Hand-turned Vessels

Darren Appiagyei Turns Wood From Fallen Trees Into Hand-turned Vessels

Woodturner Darren Appiagyei highlights wood's intrinsic beauty by celebrating knots, cracks, bark, or grain, which are often seen as flaws.

2021 Year in Review: Circular by Design

2021 Year in Review: Circular by Design

Design Milk contributor Katie Treggiden explores the ways waste can be used as a valuable raw material. Join us as we review Circular by Design's 2021 posts.