Upcoming Challenge: Circular Design Challenge

Love them or hate them, plastics are everywhere around us. In fact, demand for plastics is expected to double in the next 20 years. Yet our plastics system is broken. Most plastic items are used only once before being discarded. Only 14% is recycled, meaning a loss of USD 80-120 billion per year to the global economy. One third of all plastic packaging escapes collection systems and ends up – inadvertently or not – as litter in the environment.

If nothing changes, there will be more plastics than fish in the ocean by 2050.

So, how do we fix this? If we want to free our oceans from plastics, we have to fundamentally rethink the way we make and use plastic items so that they don’t become waste in the first place. That’s why we are calling for designers, scientists and entrepreneurs to find solutions that keep plastics in the economy and out of the ocean.

We invite participants in this Challenge to apply the principles of a circular economy to rethink the design of plastic packaging that currently ends up in landfills or in nature, and to explore new ways of getting products to people without creating plastic waste.

Read the full article and proposal here.

Be part of the project clicking here.

Volunteer positions for the 2017 Green Living Show in Toronto

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Check the volunteering positions the event has opened for you here. The event will happen from the 7th to the 9th of April 2017. You can have the chance of contribting to its success while you enjoy the event for free. Check the full programme here.


Join the course “Greening the Economy: Sustainable Cities” for free on Coursera

10 April 2017

Lund University is offering these course on Coursera. The first module starts the 17th of April and you can enroll now. The course will explore sustainable cities as engines for greening the economy. The course will help you to connect the key trends of urbanization, decarbonisation and sustainability, also examine visions, experiments and innovations in urban areas. The course looks at practices (what is happening in cities at present) and opportunities (what are the possibilities for cities going forwards into the future). The instructor brings together a collection of diverse short films and key short readings on sustainable cities as well as interactive forums and a practical assignment to create an online learning community.

Check it out and enroll here