International Conference: Design for a Circular Economy

Date: 22 November 2017 1:00pm - 5:30pm

Location: Hilton Residences, Colombo, Sri Lanka


We are pleased to announce that booking is open for SDC’s second international conference of 2017 in Sri Lanka. This half day conference will focus on design and manufacture for a circular economy and it will bring together individuals to look at solutions that create a better tomorrow. The event also hosts the grand final of the SDC International Design Competition 2017.

‘The circular economy is an alternative system in which products and materials are kept in a high-value state of use for as long as possible’.

Today’s linear ‘take, make, dispose’ economic model relies on large quantities of cheap, easily accessible materials and energy and is a model that is reaching its physical limits. A circular economy is an attractive and viable alternative with huge benefits for the environment. Design of a closed loop product require innovative thinking and working methods. Areas important for economically successful circular design include:

  • Careful material selection. This includes the dyes, chemicals, materials and processes used to commercially produce the product.
  • Designed-to-last products. This includes the care of the product during its lifetime.
  • End of life separation or reuse of products and materials.
  • Design for manufacturing criteria that take into account possible useful applications of by-products and wastes.

Speakers include:

  • Are you ready for the next Textile Revolution? James Carnahan, Global Sustainability Manager, Archroma Singapore Pte Ltd
  • MAS Intimates case study – Vidhura Ralapanawe, General Manager – Environmental Sustainability
  • The Ten Threads of Sustainability. Mahendra Ariyapala, Regional Manager – EHS and Sustainability, American and Efird (Pvt) Ltd
  • Design for a Circular Economy – the Brandix Perspective. Darpan Shukla, Heads of Fabrics Supply China, Brandix Group
  • Plus a panel discussion (Moderator: Yogesh Gaikwad, SDC)

The event will be chaired by SDC President, Professor Philip Yeung.

There is a big opportunity to re-think and re-design the way we make things. This event will look at some of the challenges and opportunities we need to consider.

Please book your place now.

How much does it cost?

The fee structure includes a discount for SDC members, if you would like to take advantage of this, please join now. The cost for attending the event is as follows:

  • Members of SDC £25
  • Non-members £35
  • Students £5

Group discounts – for 5 or more places please enquire about discounts, contact: 

Delegates wishing to pay or receive an invoice in Sri Lankan Rupees should contact Mahendra Dissanayake 

The Hilton Colombo Residences have a limited number of rooms available to conference delegates at exclusive SDC rates – please follow the link here to book accommodation direct with the hotel quoting group name SDC


With thanks to our sponsors: Colorant Limited, Archroma and American & Efird Lanka (Pvt) Ltd







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