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How to Understand & Reduce Carbon as a Designer-maker

Self-Paced, Four-Part Programme With Carbon Footprint Calculator Included

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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

Sapling (Advanced)

Time

4 x 90 minute sessions

Money GBP

£350 one-off payment
or 4 payments of £87.50
£420 inc VAT if payable

Money USD/EUR

$443 approx
414 € approx

Got questions?

When

Immediate start

Where

Online

Level

Sapling (Advanced)

Time

4 x 90 minute sessions

Money

£350 one-off payment
or 4 payments of £87.50
approx $443
approx 414 €
£420 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 Understand & Reduce Carbon as a Designer-maker

This course will teach you how to measure your carbon footprint, how to reduce your carbon footprint, and why the hell it matters. I have even created a carbon footprint calculator for designer-makers to take the pain out the maths and provide bespoke recommendations for how to reduce it. The programme will also give you the confidence to talk about the decisions you’re making around carbon in your marketing.

Does this sound like you?

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You would love to reduce your carbon footprint, but if you’re really honest, you’re not even sure how to go about measuring it
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You've heard terms like net zero, carbon negative/neutral/positive, scope 1, 2 and 3, and you're just not sure what they all mean
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You know carbon plays a role in the climate crisis and you vaguely remember learning about the carbon cycle at school, but you'd love to be able to talk about it with a lot more confidence
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Your clients, customers and stockists are starting to ask questions you just don't have the answers to
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You've tried calculating your carbon footprint, but got lost in data and spreadsheets
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Excel is not your happy place
Developed with the Carbon Literacy Project, this course takes the jargon out of the science and the pain out of the maths.
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 Understand & Reduce Carbon as a Designer-maker

A self-paced, four-part programme that will help you to:

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Get clarity on the terms associated with carbon emissions
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Measure your carbon footprint and get super clear on the steps to take to reduce it
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Gain the confidence to talk about your own carbon footprint and the steps you are taking to reduce it
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Find the hope and agency in amongst the doom and gloom
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Take the first steps towards certification with the Carbon Literacy Project (You will need to attend additional live training to certify)
Jilly Edwards
Tapestry Weaver
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“I’m loving your ability to drive me forward and out of a rather dark hole”

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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4 x videos that were recorded with a live audience to give you a sense of energy and camaraderie
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Module 1: Why carbon emissions and climate change are relevant to you and your clients and customers; What the craft and design industries can do to reduce carbon emissions and tackle climate change.
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Module 2: What greenhouse gases are and their relationship with climate change; How the climate is changing in different parts of the world and how we know this is caused by human activity; How these changes are likely to affect us in different parts of the world and within our business or creative practices
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Module 3: How our actions impact the amount of greenhouse gases produces and how we can reduce them; Calculating your own carbon footprint; Scope 1,2 & 3 emissions and the difference between net zero and carbon neutral; The pros and cons of offsetting
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Module 4: How you can do your bit to reduce your carbon footprint; The importance of meaningful, significant and material actions; Your personal and group action pledge; Getting certified
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A user-friendly carbon footprint calculator created especially for designer-makers and based on gov.uk data
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A calculator that not only gives you a score, but also lets you know how each part compares to the UK average with a RAG (red/amber/green) score, so you know which parts to address first
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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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Access to a private online community to share your progress, ask questions and connect with likeminded souls
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The opportunity to take additional live training to certify with the Carbon Literacy Project. (There is a £50 admin fee associated with each application)
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NB This course was previously known as Net Zero
Sarah Christensen
Sarah Christensen
Product & furniture designer
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“I’d often felt a disconnect between my work as a furniture designer-maker and my personal values; so I decided to bring them closer together. Being part of Making Design Circular has given me the knowledge to get started and a community to share my ideas with. I now have a job that I love and care about and I am excited about my future as a maker again.”

How it works

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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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You will also be invited to join additional live training to enable you to get Carbon Literacy Project certified. (There is a £50 admin fee associated with each application.)
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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

£350 one-off payment
or 4 payments of £87.50
£420 inc VAT if payable
Approx $443
Approx 414 €
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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.
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.’

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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, craftsperson or small business and you want to reduce your carbon footprint, but aren’t sure where to start.
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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 up for spending some time understanding both the science and the truth of the climate emergency we face, before digging into what we can do about it. There is a real emphasis on positive action, but we don’t shy away from the realities.

This is not for you if...

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You already know how to calculate your carbon footprint and are taking tangible steps to reduce it year on year.
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You are not ready to spend some time outside of the course doing a small amount of homework and also pulling together the figures to calculate your own emissions

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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