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Re-thinking Materials and the Circular Economy

September 24, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Julie's Bicycle presentation

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Join us as we rethink design approaches and explore the role circularity can have in the cultural sector.

In our next webinar for the Creative Green community, we will explore how ecological and circular economy principles can transform the way we make decisions about design and material choices in our cultural organisations.

Based on our ongoing research we will highlight some key processes to consider to make better-informed choices that reduce environmental impact. We will review some of the current trends to apply ecological thinking in your areas of work, from artistic practice to day to day operations.

Key takeaways

  • Develop circular approaches and ecological thinking in your productions by generating awareness of resource scarcity, toxicity of materials, landfill issues, and the challenges of traditional linear thinking in design.
  • Gain an understanding of the principles for systems thinking when assessing materials.
  • Review new approaches to design and productions that take into account the whole lifecycle of products, materials, sets and costumes.
  • We will look at greater modularity, approaches to construction that emphasize reconfiguration and deconstruction, and new business models that recapture materials.
  • Understand the benefits of collaborative communities and sharing networks to enable better exchange of resources.


2:00 – 2:20 – Setting the scene and context

2:20 – 2:40 – In conversation with guest speaker Oksana Bondar, Creative Director of BIOHM

2:40-2:45 – Paul Gardner, Seacourt on engaging stakeholders in your circular supply chain

2:45-3:00 – Questions and Open conversation

Guest Speaker biography – Oksana Bondar

Oksana is a regenerative designer and innovator with almost a decade of experience in entrepreneurship, design and circular economics. Oksana is passionate about circular design and her extensive theoretical and practical knowledge of the concept can be seen throughout her work, which has achieved global recognition and is exhibited worldwide. Throughout her professional and academic practice, Oksana engages with socio-economic and political challenges in the areas of consumption, manufacture, refuse management, decentralisation and localisation. Not only is this evident in her extensive research and development of regenerative materials, such as natural fibres, industrial and residential waste and bioplastics, Oksana demonstrates this through leading Biohm’s design functions and business innovation that are aligned with Biomimicry and Cradle-to-Cradle methodologies.

Guest Speaker biography – Paul Gardner

Paul is passionate about print and heads up the team at Seacourt XL. They produce amazing and super creative large format work with massive visual impact as well as a positive impact on the environment and society. Paul has been in print all his life and uses his skills and experience of the industry to come up with awesome ideas to solve any print problem. Using the most sustainable materials to create often unique one off products and wow customers and their audiences with the work we produce for them. Paul is dedicated to driving material innovation, minimising waste and closing the loop on the work we produce. Enormously proud to be a part of the team at Seacourt who are the worlds must sustainable B Corp Printer!

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– Header photo: from In The Loop: Circular Innovation and Plastic Waste in the Creative Industries, a 2019 Creative Green workshop. Photo by James Allan.


September 24, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm