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Circular Design

With the resources below, learn how to redesign materials, products, and systems that will move us away from our current linear economic paradigm and make a regenerative economy possible.

Circular Design Guide

A comprehensive design toolkit from IDEO and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation with research, problem framing, idea-generation and dissemination methods, developed especially for circular economy and design.

Circular Design Europe: Open Education Resources Database

A comprehensive database of tools and methods for Design for Sustainability and Circular Economy developed by practitioners, researchers, and educators. The database allows you to create a profile and save information particularly relevant to your work.

Open Source Circularity

An explainer video with transcript about the connection between open source and circularity from the founders of Open Source Circularity Days.

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Tool/Method
  • Access: Free & Open
  • Language: English
  • Level: Intermediate

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Database/Resource Center
  • Access: Free & Open
  • Language: English
  • Level: All levels

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Video
  • Access: Free & Open
  • Language: English, German
  • Level: Intermediate

Ask Nature Database

A database from the Biomimicry Institute of nature-inspired design ideas, biological strategies, and biomimicry educational resources.

Kickstarter Environmental Resources Center

An online guide from Kickstarter and the US-based NGO Environmental Defense Fund on environmentally friendly business and product design, manufacturing, and distribution. The guide is focused on design and technology projects.

Safe & Circular By Design: Making Positive Material Choices

This recording from the 2018 Think DIF Festival asks “What materials should we use to create things?”

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Database/Resource Center
  • Access: Free & Open
  • Language: English
  • Level: All levels

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Database/Resource Center
  • Access: Free & Open
  • Language: English
  • Level: Beginner

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Podcast
  • Access: Free & Open
  • Language: English
  • Level: Advanced

Cradle-to-Cradle Certification Resources

This resource site provides standards, guidance, policies and forms supporting the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products Program. Cradle to Cradle Certified™ is a globally recognized measure of safer, more sustainable products made for the circular economy.

TED Talk: Cradle to Cradle Design with William McDonough

Green-minded architect and designer William McDonough asks what our buildings and products would look like if designers took into account “all children, all species, for all time.”

EU Sustainability Guide

This sustainability guide supported by Interreg and EU Regional Development Fund includes an EcoDesign Guide, sustainability methods and theory, and support resources.

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Database/Resource Center
  • Access: Free & Open
  • Language: English
  • Level: Advanced

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Video
  • Access: Free & Open
  • Language: English, transcript in 26 languages
  • Level: Beginner

About this resource:

  • Resource Type: Database/Resource Center
  • Access: Free & Open
  • Language: English
  • Level: All levels

KATCH-e CE Designer

The CE Designer checklists are a semi-quantitative tool for prioritization, assessment and idea finding of circular solutions for product and/or service (re)design. They are organized according to 8 strategies that address the most relevant issues a design team needs to consider in the development process of new products or services to support the transition to a more circular society.

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  • Resource Type: Tool/Method
  • Access: Login or Registration Required
  • Language: English
  • Level: Intermediate-Advanced

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