Create Solutions 9th July – Join us at the first People’s Design Lab Workshop

We’re counting the votes and will announce the Lab’s Award winners early next week, but meantime here are dates for your diary.

Join us on 9th July at Cranfield University, Milton Keynes to find solutions to the products that you said drive you nuts because they end up in our bins –  stuff that’s unrecyclable, built to break or too hard or expensive to repair.    Please click here to register, or read on to find out more.

You don’t need to know anything about design to come –  you just need to care about waste!     We’re bring together people who know how to fix stuff, people who are trying to zero waste their bins, designers, people who understand the impacts of waste and our behaviour.  And we’re seeking to bring manufacturers into this constructive, creative process of shaping a zero waste future.

The workshop will run from 10.30am – 4pm and will unpick the problems with the Award winning products and find new solutions.  It’ll be a fun workshop style day where you’ll be able to think through the issues, get answers and create new ideas.    

So which products will we be working on ?  You’ll have to wait until next week when we announce the Award winners.   But in the running from the 136 products nominated, the finalists with the highest votes were:

  • The Weakest Link Award for stuff you thought would last a long time, but ended up in your bin kettles, headphones and inkjet printers;
  • The Bin Again Award for products that you throw away time and again pump dispensers, multi-layer envelopes and black plastic packaging;
  • The Russian Doll Award for Unnecessary packaging dead space packaging, excess hard plastic packaging and polystyrene packaging on food.

Other dates for your diary   –  our 2nd workshop where we refine our designs 13th August, Loughborough University and our conference on 12th September, Coventry where we’ll pull the whole thing together and look more strategically at how we can create a strong people’s voice to stop poor design filling our bins.

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