Upcycle Bazaar

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 didn’t really know when we took the project.



Most people also didn’t know what upcycling was.  Our solution found us.



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 into one systems’ diagram called the “butterfly diagram”. (See cover (top) image for visual of the butterfly diagram)

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.



Our goal:

How may we encourage a shared language around the circular economy in King County?