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The Circular Design Guide

found in: arts; science; preK-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12

The Circular Design Guide promotes an approach to design that differs from the mainstream linear approach in which product cycles have a beginning, middle, and end. Circular Design creates sustainable, resilient, long-lasting products. The website resources can be used to supplement a K-12 design lesson, unit, or class.

Resources include workshops, worksheets, videos, links, case studies, and glossary. Worksheets  (17) can be downloaded individually or as group. The first worksheet, Smart Material Choices,  ( PDF, 841 KB, 3 pgs.) is an exercise in making smart material choices during product design by asking the right questions. Videos (7) explain central concepts in circular design. Case Studies (24) provide a look at innovative companies like Ben & Jerry’s, Tesla, Linux, Fairphone, and others.

Methods offers 24 activities to help students understand, define, make, and release circular innovations. The first, Understand Circular Flows, includes a video (5:08) and worksheet to explain the circular economy with the 'butterfly' diagram.

Stories features four accounts of what drew designers to the circular design concept.


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