King County Circular Economy
Upcycle Bazaar Event – CHOMP! 2017 & 2018
King County and Artist Home (Doe Bay Festival, Timber, Folk Life) asked us to create an “Upcycle Bazaar” program for their 1 day, sustainable living and music festival called, CHOMP!
What exactly is “upcycling”? We realized upcycling was unclear in most of our research.
Most people were unclear on what upcycling was. Our solution found us: The Circular Economy.
An important learning was the discover of the design thinking done around the Circular Economy by IDEO and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. It encapsulated schools of thought like upcycling, cradle to cradle, biomimimicry and regenerative design and puts them into one a simple metaphor – linear economies vs circular economies. One of the tools used to help aid with this systems’ shift of linear vs circular, is a diagram called the “butterfly diagram”. (See below for visual).
We used the butterfly diagram and IDEO’s open source circular economy toolkit www.circulardesignguide.com in the process of creating the Upcycle Bazaar to give more structure around upcycling as a concept.
How may we encourage a shared language around regenerative, circular economies in King County and beyond?
Finding Common Language
Butterfly diagram: The closer the loop to the user, the less energy it requires. Adopted from the Ellen MacArthur foundation
Green – indicates companies in King County using biological upcycling.
Blue – indicates technical, non-biodegradable upcycling.
Focus – Food & Textiles
The circular economy is a large, complex system that requires the ability to understand complex networks and design within closing loops. To keep things simpler, we’re building upon this open source map from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and focusing our efforts on Food & Textiles and how design fits in.
Come visit us at the Upcycle Bazaar to learn more. chomplocal.org/upcycle-bazaar
Ozomatli and Casper Baby Pants headlined.
Upcycle Bazaar was one of five interactive spaces at the festival aimed at sustainable living.
Up & Undies showing undies made from old tee-shirts.
Participants at the yearly Upcycle Bazaar at CHOMP!