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recommended links
Circular Design Guide

Circular Design Guide – The next big thing in design is circular, a radical, restorative, regenerative approach to business - a new mindset is emerging. It’s worth around a trillion dollars, will drive innovation in tomorrow’s companies, and reshape every part of our lives. But making the shift isn’t easy. That’s why we created this guide: to help innovators create more elegant, effective, creative solutions for the circular economy. Solutions that are invaluable for people, give businesses a competitive advantage, and are regenerative for our world.
Design Council Website

Design Council – The UK's strategic body for design providing information about all aspects of managing design, including choosing materials and careers in design.
This web-site offers a significant knowledge base on design practice with a strong focus on inclusive design both for business decision-makers and as an educational resource.
Ellen Macarthur Foundation

Ellen Macarthur Foundation – Today's linear ‘take, make, dispose’ economic model relies on large quantities of cheap, easily accessible materials and energy, and is a model that is reaching its physical limits. A circular economy is an attractive and viable alternative that businesses have already started exploring today.
MODIP The Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP) - the only accredited museum in the UK with a focus on plastics. It is the UK's leading resource for the study and interpretation of design in plastics. MoDiP is a specialist research resource at the Arts University Bournemouth.
Tangram technology website

Tangram Technology - Consulting Engineers for plastics products. This site provides an Introduction to Plastics and Processing plus downloadable Design Guides for Plastics by Clive Maier, Econology, Ltd.


Recommended Publications

bullet An Introduction to Plastics, a useful guide to plastics materials and processes http://www.plastiquarian.com/userfiles/file/plasticbook.pdf
bullet Design Guides for Plastics, Clive Maier, Econology Ltd 2009. Very useful guide. Includes a section on design for recycling with a short list of manufacturers that offer information on plastics. PDF available here.
bullet The Eco-Design Handbook, A complete sourcebook and illustrated directory of materials with a wide range of ecologically sensitive and consumer-friendly objects for everyday use. Alastair Fuad-Luke, Thames & Hudson, first published 2009, ISBN 978-0-500-288399.
bullet Materials and Design, The Art and Science of Material Selection in Product Design, Mike Ashby and Kara Johnson, Butterworth Heinemann, 2003, ISBN 0 7506 5554 2. Product design guide with useful eco-attributes of plastic materials.
bullet Materials for Inspirational Design, Chris Lefteri, RotoVision 2006 ISBN 978-2-940361502.
Introduction to materials, including what the author considers to be “some of the most interesting, original and sometimes just plain fun plastics and plastics products”.
bullet Plastics the Mag, an online magazine about plastics design innovation published by PlasticsEurope. http://www.plastics-themag.com
bullet The Plastics Handbook, Chris Lefteri, RotoVision 2009 ISBN 978-2-88893-002-0 A guide to the most innovative and unusual plastics for designers, whch explores their qualities and versatility.