Circular Economies in King County
Upcycle Bazaar Event – CHOMP!
King County and Artist Home (Doe Bay Festival, Timber, Folk Life) asked me to create an “Upcycle Bazaar” program for their 1 day, sustainable living music festival called, CHOMP. – chomplocal.org
At the start of the project, I didn’t know much about upcycling, but am concerned with our precious wasted materials. Through my research I found the Circular Design Guide, by IDEO and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. It’s focus is on the “circular” reuse of product waste materials by using “circular” design principles and tools similar to Human Centered Design tools.
We created an interactive tabling experience showcasing examples of King County companies that use upcycling as part of their business model. This was accompanied with a simplified circular economy “butterfly diagram” and the associated companies at the event.
Below are sketches of the concepts.
Left: Visual to help simplify circular economies, AKA upcycling. Center: The butterfly diagram by the Ellen McArthur Foundation and IDEO. Right: A circular tabling event mimicking the butterfly diagram.
Visualizing the circular economy
Because of the complexity of the systems thinking behind the circular economy. We created an interactive experience of examples of King County Companies using upcycling/circular economies as part of their business model, and linked it to with a map of company websites.
Guests received a 2 sided, butterfly diagram showcasing different companies using upcycling in King County.
- Green cycles indicated biological upcycling.
- Blue indicated technical examples.
We showcased UW Food Bank and Impact Bioenergy next to each other using green ribbons, to indicate biological upcycling.
The UW Food bank gets lots of food waste and has an urban rooftop farm.
Impact Bioenergy creates energy and water and compost from food waste on sight.
The two organizations are $50K into building a system at the UW Food Bank to power the food bank and it’s urban farm system.
Up and Undies takes old t-shirts and turns them into underwear. The also use even older clothes and turns them into durable rugs.
This was an example of “cascading” materials, and using the materials as far as you can before discarding.
Musical acts Ozomatli and Casper Baby Pants created a memorable festival for sustainable living in King County.