International Conference: Design for a Circular economy

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

Location: Hilton Residences, Colombo, Sri Lanka


We are delighted to announce that booking is now 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.

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.

Full programme and further details to follow, but 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:

With thanks to our sponsors: Colorant Limited and Archroma.


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