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MAKING DESIGN CIRCULAR – THAT'S OUR MISSION

Making Design Circular is a membership community and learning platform empowering defiantly hopeful founders to make imperfect progress towards genuine circularity.

Join us to feel good, do good and make good money.

From the author of Wasted: When Trash Becomes Treasure (2020) and Broken: Mending and Repair in a Throwaway World (2023), Katie Treggiden

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Introducing Making Design Circular

Design is about solving problems and the environmental crisis is the biggest challenge of our lifetimes. The suits have cracked the science and the tech – what’s needed now is a creative approach. 

Making Design Circular exists to empower defiantly hopeful founders to play their part in bringing about a circular economy in the craft and design industries, starting in their own businesses. 

Bringing together head, heart and hand knowledge in a unique framework, we cover the thinking and feeling as well as the doing, and provide support for every step of the journey.

 

The PATH TO CIRCULARITY

The 5-stage Path to Circularity takes the overwhelm and confusion out of your environmental journey, so you can take it one step at a time. 

Based on the Ellen MacArthur Foundation definition of a circular economy and interviews with hundreds of founders of small businesses with making at their heart, we have taken all the actions you might want to take to become fully circular and prioritised them. 

Wherever you are on your path – whether you are an Acorn, Seedling, Sapling, Tree or Forest – we will meet you where you are. All you have to do is take the next step – whether that’s sorting out your packaging or getting B Corp certified. 

And everything is based on a powerful methodology that empowers you to feel good, do good and make good money.

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Courses

Dip a toe in with a self-paced short-course – created by Katie Treggiden together with guest experts to support various stages of the Path to Circularity – and start making imperfect progress towards your environmental goals.

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Community

Join the Making Design Circular membership and find a band of fellow travellers for your journey along the Path to Circularity together with all the courses, coaching and community you need to get all the way to ‘Forest’. 

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Coaching

Invest in 1:1 coaching and get calm, clear and confident about your own Path to Circularity. Katie Treggiden is a certified, nature-informed coach who empowers defiant founders to make decisions that align with their values and work for their lives and businesses. 

The Head, Heart, Hand Approach

The Making Design Circular approach is unique because it combines head, heart and hand skills and most courses include an element of each.

We’ve flagged up which courses lean predominantly into which skills, so you’ll see an icon that tells you whether you’ll be using your brain to think things through (head skills), whether a course is informed by coaching techniques and there’s likely to be some soul searching required (heart skills), or whether you’ll have the opportunity to learn new making techniques (hand skills).

Head

These courses are information-based and you’ll be using your brain to reason things through and apply new knowledge to your creative practice.

Heart

These courses are informed by coaching techniques and will require introspection and soul-searching to find the answers within yourself.

Hand

These courses offer the chance to learn new techniques and skills and to translate all that head and heart knowledge into your making practice.

What would you like to learn?

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Three-Part Mini-course Delivered Direct to Your Inbox
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Online
2 hours
£100
one-off payment
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Self-Paced Three-Part Programme
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Price
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Online
4 x 90-minute sessions
£150
one-off payment
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Self-Paced Four-Part Programme
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Online
4 x 90-minute sessions
£255
one-off payment
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Self-Paced, Three-Part Programme
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Online
3 x 60-minute sessions
£50
one-off payment
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Self-Paced, Single-Module Programme With Carbon Footprint Calculator Included
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Online
2 weeks, 1 hour/week
£90
one-off payment
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Self-Paced, Four-Part Programme With Carbon Footprint Calculator Included
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Price
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4 x 90 minute sessions
£350
one-off payment
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How To Turn Waste Into Products & Furniture (Masterclass Bundle)

A 12-Module Self-Paced Programme Including Interviews, Challenges and Making Workshops
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Online
12 x 120 minute sessions
£850
one-off payment
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Self-Paced, Two-Module Programme Including Interviews and a Challenge
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Online
2 x 45–60 minute sessions plus homework
£87.5
one-off payment
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How to Use Fashion Waste & Repair Techniques In Your Work

Self-Paced Two-Module Course Plus Three Making Workshops
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Online
5 x 60–90 minute sessions
£360
one-off payment
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Self-Paced Two-Module Course Plus Making Workshop and Bonus Q&A
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4 x 40–60 minute sessions
£165
one-off payment
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Self-Paced, Three-Module Programme Including Interviews, a Challenge and Bonus Q&A
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Online
3 x 40–60 minute sessions plus homework
£125
one-off payment
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Self-Paced Two Module Course Plus Two Making Workshops
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Price
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Online
4 x 60–90 minute sessions
£180
one-off payment
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How to Fund Your Environmental Design Projects

Unlock funding for your eco-friendly projects with key strategies for grants, sponsorships, and crowdfunding.
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Online
3 hours
£150
one-off payment
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How to Speak the Language of the Circular Economy

Embrace circular economy principles to enhance sustainability in your craft and design work, minimising waste and maximising resource efficiency.
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2 weeks, 1 hour/week
£100
one-off payment
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How to Talk About Sustainability as a Designer-Maker

Articulate the value of your sustainable projects, engaging audiences and inspiring change with effective communication strategies
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3 hours
£150
one-off payment
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We’re not here to waste your time or ours.

That’s why we offer a direct, no-nonsense money-back guarantee.

Our goal? Imperfect progress towards genuine circularity and no regrets.

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Dive into any course. If at any point before completion you feel it's not teaching you anything new or it's not relevant to your world, hit the brakes.
Reach out to us before you finish the course. That's crucial. If you complete it, we'll take it as a nod that you found value in our content.
We'll refund every single penny. No hard feelings. No lengthy processes. Just straight talk and fair play.


Note: Under the UK Consumer Contracts Regulations, you (as a consumer) have the right to cancel a course within 14 days. This right applies regardless of whether the course will be taken online or in person. However, this assumes that you have not accessed the course material on the course website. Our policy offers more than this…a full refund at any point before completing the course.
Diana Padwick
Diana Padwick
Textiles artist
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“The best part has been finding similarities between other people’s journeys and my own. I feel like I’ve finally found my people.”
Stefanie Cheong
Stefanie Cheong
Jewellery designer
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"Making Design Circular membership has given me the confidence and knowledge to evolve my making and business practice to become more aligned with my values. I have been able to do this at my own pace without feeling overwhelmed, but also with a good level of accountability. I enjoy being part of a community of other makers and really look forward to our regular meet-ups. Katie is generous, energetic and knowledgeable and has created something really special!"
Fiona Hall
Fiona Hall
Camban Studio
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“It’s so nice to be in a group that’s at the same stage and feeling such similar struggles with the opportunity to chat them through and support each other.”

All Access Membership

A membership community in which you get to feel proud of contributing to a thriving planet with every product you make.

Support along every step of your journey along the Path to Circularity with coaching, co-working, accountability and more.

Monthly rolling membership.
Cancel anytime with 3 working days notice.

Katie Treggiden in the press...

About

Katie Treggiden

Katie Treggiden is a purpose-driven writer and keynote speaker championing a circular approach to design – because Planet Earth needs better stories.

She is currently exploring the question ‘can craft save the world?’ through an emerging body of work that includes her sixth book, Broken: Mending and Repair in a Throwaway World (Ludion, 2023), and a podcast, Circular with Katie Treggiden.

With 20 years’ experience in the creative industries, she regularly contributes to publications such as The Guardian, Crafts Magazine, Design Milk, Dezeen and Monocle24. She has launched, edited and published an award-winning design blog and an independent print magazine.

She recently gained a distinction for her Master’s Degree in the History of Design from the University of Oxford. She was the founder and first president of Bloom and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Read more about Katie Treggiden

Podcast

Making Design Circular with Katie Treggiden is a podcast exploring the nuances, complexities and mindset shifts we all need to embrace to move towards a more circular and regenerative economy – seen through the lens of craft and design. Most of us know what to do to become more environmentally responsible, it’s the “how to be” part of the conversation that, until now, has been missing. Exploring themes such as perfectionism, values-aligned decision-making, and the role of playful experimentation in solving a very serious problem, Katie’s is a rare and hopeful voice that cuts through the noise.

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