Products have been designed as if resources are unlimited. The take, bake, make, waste approach has valuable materials, erroneously called waste, landfilled. We need to design products so that these resources loop back into a material cycle. This closed loop approach recognizes natural limits and values materials through the end of their first product life and instead designs products for a Circular Economy. This session will contextualize the crisis our current system has created, then share case studies that illustrate both environmental and economic advantages gained by businesses with cyclical material flows. The session will conclude with a first hand account inside the Circular Economy design process, as the winner of the 2016 Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge for Best Professional Product shares insights into how he used AutoDesk’s Fusion 360 software to develop his award winning BikeShare Helmet.
- Understand the principles of a Circular Economy
- Share specific Circular Economy case studies
- Follow Circular Economy principles using Fusion 360
- Inspire others regarding Circular Economy benefits
Barent is a designer and educator dedicated to creating sustainable products, practices, and services. An educator at heart, he has taught at both of his Alma Maters, the University of Illinois where he received his BFA in industrial design, and the University of the Arts where he graduated with honors for his Master’s degree focusing on Sustainable Design. Co-founder of the award winning sustainable to restorative design firm grow-design, and the creator of the LA Green Drinks network, Barent started teaching a Green Living Workshop with Sustainable Works and eventually rose to Executive Director of the organization.He now teaches courses on sustainability and/or design at The New School-Parsons in New York City while designing sustainable solutions and constantly trying to improve his Ecological Footprint (currently 1.34 planets).Barent used Fusion 360 to design a BikeShare Helmet that won the 2016 Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge for Best Professional Project.