Join the people’s design lab and help design out waste

Join us at the People’s Design Lab one day conference and shape a movement aiming to redesign products to make unnecessary waste a thing of the past.

This free event in Coventry on 12th September brings together experts in design and manufacturing with every day consumers who are just trying to do their bit. Working together we can create change for good through zero waste design.


 The People’s Design Lab a partnership facilitated by welsh social enterprise Cwm Harry with Loughborough and Cranfield Universities, it is funded by social innovation charity NESTA.

We are delighted to welcome zero waste expert and campaigner Professor Paul Connett from St Lawrence University, Canton, NY as our main speaker.  The event also presents the outcomes of a workshop series and on line consultation which has succeeded in identifying problems and started finding solutions for the products that are left after we’ve recycled, composted, reused and repaired.

Our work has attracted professional designers, manufacturers, students, fixperts and ordinary folk who are just frustrated by what ends up in the bin.   More than 1000 people have voted to find the most frustrating waste creating products. The three finalists identified are:


  • the inkjet printer,
  • black plastic packaging on food and
  • excess hard plastic packaging.

The solutions emerging are empowering people to be able to simply minimise ink use in their inkjet printers manufacturers defaults, creating new reusable zero waste packaging for food products and creating a FAIR WASTE mark that provides independent validation that a manufacturer has minimised waste.   

We need you to come and help map the pathway forward from here.

We’d love to see you at this free event, 12 September in the Lord Mayor’s Hospitality Suite in the Council House in Coventry from 10.30-4pm – refreshments will be provided and we guarantee a stimulating and engaging discussion with fellow experts.  You can book your place online here

The People’s Design Lab is one of six finalists in Nesta’s Waste Reduction Challenge Prize.  We will be a social enterprise and research centre, with collective ownership and with all profit reinvested to make Zero Waste design a reality.



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