Imagine a world where products are produced by systems which are waste free. Also, imagine a world in where we can use materials in continuous cycles without compromising in their qualities.
A world where systems, products and solutions are not rooted in a linear approach of use & dispose, anymore. Instead they convey a circular approach of use, recover, restore, regenerate and reuse in a circular economy.
That is a world from cradle to cradle! A radical but meritorious way to create sustainable, resilient, and long-lasting value for the world, for businesses and for us.
Even if currently an overload of disposable products are here and there in the form of waste and landfill, in the near future we will be creating in closed loops and from cradle to cradle. So let this set of disruptive innovations based on circular design thinking inspire you.
Here some of these environmentally friendly solutions that are regenerating the interior design mindset.
Have you ever found yourself wondering what to do with an old piece of furniture? Well, Furnishare understood that getting rid of old furniture is expensive to move and difficult to dispose. So they came up witht the brilliant idea of a platform in which people who have an unwanted piece of furniture can give it on rent for those who are seeking for high-quality furniture but do not want to own it. The product’s life cycle keeps on going even after people return the furniture. Furnishare cleans and maintains them and the process begins over and over again.
Better office furniture for less! And Rype knows how to diversify and create accessibility for more sustainable interiors with its three models; refresh existing furniture to as-new condition, purchase remade furniture from existing stock, or purchase new furniture and return it in a buy-back scheme or lease it for a monthly fee.
This company goes far beyond what most people consider as sustainability. Desso implements a Cradle to Cradle approach in almost all the stages of its production, not only focusing in the material front. From the use of renewable energy mostly hydropower and biomass, to the reutilization of materials for the production of carpets. Desso takes back used carpets from customers and competitors to separate the yarn and other fibres. Then they purify and use the recycled material for a new production.
Still, design for evolution has hundred milestones on its way, but identifying business models that work for the transition to a circular economy is the hope of all those who already understand that the world sadly has become a landfill of our own industrial dreams. Reframing the way we produce and use will probably open the door for a circular economy in which we do not purchase products anymore, but we only pay for their use.
Check this video to understand a bit more the circular economy concept.