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The Design Council’s June newsletter – ‘Design for Planet’

  • by JW

‘The powers of connection and circularity’

With excepts from this month’s thoughtful and intelligent newsletter from the Design Council:



Design for Planet – Design Council


Introducing the new Design Council Experts

We know that the only way we are going to design solutions to the climate crisis is by doing it together, sharing knowledge and best practice from across disciplines.

We’re delighted to welcome our new cohort of Design Council Experts who represent a broad spectrum of specialisms and bring a passion and expert insight for placing planetary needs at the heart of design work.

The impressive network of over 200 experts includes fashion designer Phoebe English, architect Michael Pawlyn, environmental designer and filmmaker Finn Harries, architect Indy Johar and digital designer Suhair Khan. You can search the full list on our website.


How can your design sector put the planet at the heart of its work?

We asked our new network of Design Council Experts this question. Read what Phoebe English, fashion designer; Karishma Kusurkar, strategic designer and Joe Macleod, design innovator in circularity had to say.


Life in Design with Foday Dumbuya

“I wanted to leave a legacy where in 50 years or so a kid from London or Africa that looks like me will be able to have a reference point, because sometimes you can’t be what you can’t see.”

In our third film from the series, we headed to west London to meet Foday Dumbuya, founder of fashion house LABRUM London. Rooted in his heritage from Sierra Leone and inspired by his London upbringing, Foday talks about the challenges of being a young designer and how his community and sustainability values are sewn into the fabric of his work.


What is circularity?

This month we were looking at the principle of circularity.

Circularity is defined as a practice which focuses on reducing waste as much as possible while keeping a product’s value intact for a longer period of time, through: maintenance, reuse, refurbishment, remanufacture, recycling and composting.

A circular economy addresses climate change, biodiversity loss, waste and pollution.

From the blog

Can we revolutionise design to build a Re-Industry?

Circularity is big news. The volume of discussion and debate on the subject has tripled over the last three years, but we’re still a long way from achieving meaningful mass-scale circular business, design, consumption and policy…


Redesign Everything Challenge

Searching for the world’s most creative climate solutions. Of the 557 projects from 73 countries, 11 were selected as winners; everything from circular products and materials to climate-proof campaigns, spaces and services.