A new partnership has called on product designers and material scientists in Scotland to reassess design so that materials remain in use for as long as possible.
Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) and The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA) have launched the project, which is part of the RSA-led ‘Great Recovery’, a cross-industry initiative investigating more sustainable design, manufacture, use and disposal of products.
The partnership is holding two workshops exploring the challenges and opportunities around the circular economy and designing for a closed loop system. These will research the nature of supply chains, logistics, resource efficiency, waste and business or technical challenges.
They will cover waste streams such as WEEE, textiles, food and packaging as well as how design and improved service models can help progress to a more circular economy.
The workshops are designed to encourage designers, engineers, technicians, manufacturers, brands and waste managers to debate and collaborate.
Maurice Golden, circular economy manager at ZWS, said: “Developing a circular economy in Scotland will help to protect our economy against resource shortages and the rising cost of materials.
“Collaboration is a key part of this, so I’m delighted to be working with the RSA to bring together a diverse range of players to drive forward the change. This partnership will form an important part of the Scottish government’s plans to engage with and debate the opportunities of a circular economy.”
The partnership comes after analysis from think tank Green Alliance found that improving resource efficiency in the UK could create some 54,000 additional jobs by 2030 as well as bringing wider benefits to the labour market.