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How to Turn Industrial Waste into Products & Furniture

Self-Paced, Three-Module Programme Including Interviews, a Challenge and Bonus Q&A

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The Making Design Circular approach is unique because it combines head, heart and hand skills and most courses include an element of each.
  • Head means you predominantly use your brain to think things though
  • Hand means you’ll have the opportunity to learn new making techniques
  • Heart means it’s informed by coaching techniques and there’s likely to be some soul searching required

When

Immediate start

Where

Online

Level

Seedling (Intermediate)

Time

3 x 40–60 minute sessions plus homework

Money GBP

£125 one-off payment
or 2 payments of £62.50
£150 inc VAT if payable

Money USD/EUR

$158 approx
148 € approx

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When

Immediate start

Where

Online

Level

Seedling (Intermediate)

Time

3 x 40–60 minute sessions plus homework

Money

£125 one-off payment
or 2 payments of £62.50
approx $158
approx 148 €
£150 inc VAT if payable

Giving Back

10% of your subscription will be donated towards environmental causes and bursary places.

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How to Turn Industrial Waste into Products & Furniture

If you’re feeling guilty about putting yet more “stuff” into the work, this course will show you how to reduce your reliance on virgin materials by showing you how to collaborate with local businesses to make use of their waste.

Does this sound like you?

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You used to feel proud and excited about being a designer-maker, but have started to feel a creeping sense of guilt about putting more 'stuff' out into the world.
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Maybe the idea of sustainability has started to feel heavy and you wish you could you engage with it in a way that feels more light, playful and creative, without dodging the issue.
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You would rather give new life to things that already exist than create demand for virgin materials, but you're not sure where to start.
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You might be excited about the possibilities of experimenting with new materials and what that might mean for your practice
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You've been horrified by news stories about industrial and commercial waste and would like to feel like part of the solution
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You'd like to see other people exploring similar ideas so you feel less like you're swimming against the tide
You can redefine waste as an exciting new raw material
Malin Cunningham
Malin Cunningham
Owner and Director, Hattrick
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'Katie is straight-talking and intuitive with a firm finger on the pulse.'

Katie Treggiden in the press...

Introducing: How to Turn Industrial Waste into Products & Furniture

A 3-module self-paced programme that will help you to:

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Get inspiration from designers Simon Ballen, Granby Studio and Studio Woojai who are already working with industrial waste
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Learn more about your local industrial waste streams to form collaborations that could lead to that waste being repurposed within your creative practice
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Turn the heavy sense of responsibility that comes with being eco-conscious into excitement about the opportunities
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Recapture the wide-eyed curiosity and creativity you started your career or studies with
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Feel empowered to embrace the creative potential of waste as a raw material
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Turn inspiration and good intentions into action, accountability and success
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Fill your Instagram feed with posts of gorgeous products made with waste in a way that is genuinely circular
Charlie Smith
Charlie Smith
Charlie Smith Design
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'We love Katie’s energy and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her.’

Hey, I'm Katie Treggiden

I once told a business mentor that my mission was to “inspire, educate and empower designer-makers to join the circular economy.”

He told me he didn’t think I was doing that. “What?!” I said. “I’ve written books, I’ve got a podcast, I give talks on the world’s stages, I write for everybody from The Guardian to Crafts Magazine – what more can I do?!” I responded, slightly affronted.

“Oh, you’re inspiring them, for sure,” he said. “But what about the educate and empower part? What about the ‘how’?”

He was right of course and in that moment Making Design Circular was born.

I have since interviewed hundreds of designers, makers, artists and craftspeople about their sustainability journeys and beta-tested everything in the membership, short courses and 1:1 nature-informed coaching offer with brave souls who saw me embark on my own “progress over perfection” journey.

I have seen first-hand the transformation this work has had for those who have joined so far – and I want that for you too.

What’s included

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3 x videos that were recorded with a live audience to give you a sense of energy and camaraderie. (This course was originally recorded as part of Waste: A Masterclass – buy the Waste Bundle to get access to the whole masterclass)
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We will start with a powerful introduction to the concept of working with waste. You will be given exclusive access to the keynote speech Waste: A Category Not a Fact that I gave for San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design followed by an insightful Q&A with renowned craft writer and critic, Glenn Adamson.
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You will hear from designers Simon Ballen, Studio Woojai, and Granby Studio who are already working with industrial waste from ceramic waste to paper pulp about what their biggest challenges were, how they overcame them and the advice they have for you.
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A bonus interview with global design firm Gensler about their internal waste exchange pilot G-Salvedge
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You will undertake a self-directed challenge and get a sense of the waste being generated in your local area and perhaps even spot potential for reusing these exciting new material streams in your own practice.
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A ‘Read/Watch/Listen’ list of resources to explore for those who want to go deeper – kind of like the reading lists you largely ignored at art school or university, but more accessible for different learning styles and hopefully a whole lot more engaging
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NB This course was originally recorded as part of the live version of Waste: A Masterclass – buy the Waste Bundle to get access to the whole masterclass
Anna Winston
Anna Winston
Editor, Dezeen
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‘Katie’s natural curiosity and enthusiasm for design is infectious. She’s a pleasure to work with – always friendly, open to ideas and reliable.’

How it works

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Start whenever you like. This is a self-paced programme so you can join whenever suits your schedule, lifestyle or workload. There are no deadlines or submissions and the programme has been designed to fit around busy lives.
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You will get immediate access to a series of pre-recorded videos and audio files so you can watch or listen alongside your making practice.
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This is a self-paced course, hosted on a platform called Circle, so you can find everything in one place and track your progress as you move through the content
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You will receive reminders by email to keep you on track
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A comments thread on each video enables you to share learnings and “aha” moments, ask questions and connect with likeminded souls on the same journey
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A downloadable PDF workbook will you give space to engage with the exercises and implement what you learn
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The videos will remain accessible for as long as this course exists, so you can go at your own pace and come back to it as many times as you need to.
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Having taken this course, you will become eligible for my *free* quarterly “Ask Me Anything” sessions via Zoom so can get clarification or dig deeper on any part of the course.
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All videos are fully captioned and written transcripts and audio-only versions are provided to cater for different learning styles. If there is another way I can make this programme more accessible, just shoot me an email and I will always do my best to help

Your investment

£125 one-off payment
or 2 payments of £62.50
£150 inc VAT if payable
Approx $158
Approx 148 €
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Adam Thow
Adam Thow
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
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“Katie shows an infectious enthusiasm for learning and research, approaching subjects in a really fresh way, resulting in new angles every time. Her professionalism and unique insight is couple with a warm and generous nature that makes her a pleasure to work with.”

All Access Membership

A membership community and online learning platform in which you get to feel proud of contributing to a thriving planet with every product you make.
Monthly rolling membership.
Cancel anytime with 3 working days notice.

This is for you if...

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You are a designer-maker, artist, craftsperson or design student making your own products, or making prototypes for manufacture.
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You used to feel really proud of working with your hands, but increasingly have a creeping sense of guilt about putting more yet more ‘stuff’ into the world.
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You are already working towards becoming more sustainable, but mostly work with virgin materials and haven’t yet fully embraced waste as a raw material.
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You are open to an approach to your work that is experimental, collaborative and materials-led.

This is not for you if...

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You are already working with industrial waste as a raw material and feel comfortable in this space – this course is a place to begin to explore and experiment with waste for the first time.
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You don’t have the time right now to really dive in and ‘do the work’.
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You are looking for live teaching and immediate feedback – the course is self-paced, but you will be able to find support in the community space and join the quarterly live Q&As..

Frequently Asked Questions

All the course materials hosted on a platform called Circle, so you can find everything in one place and track your progress as you move through the content. You will receive immediate access as well as a series of reminders by email to keep you on track. (You can cancel or reset these at anytime.)

The exact content varies by course, but most include a series of videos and workbooks, a ‘Read/Watch/Listen’ list for those who want to dive deeper and email reminders to keep you on track.

If you take any of my self-paced courses, you will also become eligible for my *free* quarterly “Ask Me Anything” sessions via Zoom so can get clarification or dig deeper on any part of the course.

Again, it varies by course so check the fact box at the top left of this page. Most videos are 30–90 minutes long and you can usually do the exercises as you watch. Some courses include additional homework or “challenges” which you might want to dedicate more time to – but you can do everything at your own pace.

You have access to all the course materials as long as the course exists, so you can work through at your own pace and revisit as many times as you need to.

This is an online self-paced course so you can work at your own pace, around other commitments and from any time zone. You will be invited to live quarterly Q&As via Zoom where you can bring any questions.

All videos are captioned and written transcripts and audio-only versions are provided. If there’s anything else I can do to make the course more accessible, please just ask and I will always do my best.

If you are in the UK, we have to charge you VAT. If you are not in the UK and outside the EU, we will not charge you VAT. If you are in the EU, we have to charge VAT unless you provide a VAT number, in which case we don’t. Simple, huh?! But don’t worry – our payment system will work all of this out for as you add your address details. (If you’re having any trouble entering your VAT number, make sure the two-letter prefix, e.g. DK for Denmark) matches the country you’ve entered in your address. Give us a shout if you’re having any trouble and we’ll get you sorted.

Nope! By popular demand, we have moved away from Facebook and now use Circle for hosting all the course materials as well as the community aspect.

A comments thread on each video enables you to share learnings and “aha” moments, ask questions and connect with likeminded souls on the same journey

You can ask questions on the comments thread on each video – I check in most days so will respond as quickly as I can.

Having taken this course, you will become eligible for my *free* quarterly “Ask Me Anything” sessions via Zoom so can get clarification or dig deeper on any part of the course.

And if you’re stick stuck and need a quick response, you can always shoot me an email. 

Again, it depends on the course, so check the details in the fact box at the top right of this page, but most of the higher-priced courses have some sort of payment plan. 

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Email me and I’ll be happy to answer it!

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