The purpose of the Workshop “Design for a Circular Economy” was to engage young people in designing products by using waste of different materials to promote the circular economy. The workshop was organized in the frame of the project “Circular Economy into Art through Eco-Design” and was organized in two phases.
The first phase of the workshop was held on June 1-7, 2021. During the first day of the workshop, the participants were introduced to the concept of circular economy, the difference between line economy and circular economy, the benefits of circular economy, also learned about life cycle of products and how they can use waste materials to design products. During the second day of the workshop, 10 young students were introduced to the main processes that they had to follow in product design. The materials used during the workshop were cardboard, wood, textile waste, tiles, etc.In the following days, all participants designed different products such as: cardboard armchair, lampshade, wooden boat, table, etc. One of the most special designed product was the logo of the project “Circular Economy into Art through Eco-Design- CEED”, which was designed using twine and wood.
The second phase of the workshop was held on 10-20 October 2021. The workshop was created not only to learn and create products but also to have fun together in what we were doing. During 10 days the group had to design, learn to use the materials and create useful products.On the first day the group had to spend some time knowing each other, learning about the materials were going to use (wood, glass, stones, colors, varnish etc.) and expressing their fantasy into designs.
The impacts of the first day help the entire group to work together as a team with small tasks. Every day we had the chance to learn about the products we were using, their impact in the environment and how they can be reused. A group of 10 students created tables, paints on wood, candelabra, home décor, lamps and jewelry. This group designed and creates products that can be sold or gifted, learning this way that reusing eco-friendly materials you can make a small business and create collaborations with other companies. The biggest achievement of this workshop was the willing of all the participant to have a network supporting each other and the desire to create more products using wasted materials.
The materials used in the workshop were wood, glass, stones, paper, rope, tree small branches, water varnish and colors. The use of these materials was done cause of the fact that they can be reused many times and all are eco-friendly to the environment. The group had to learn how to choose carefully each material to the use they were doing. During this process all was important the knowledge gained about the waste of the big production companies and how this can be an opportunity to create small businesses in the function of the community.