Sustainable Packaging in a Circular Economy

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It has become almost impossible to imagine what our lives would be like without the many benefits of packaging - just think about the different packaging and single-use items you use on a daily basis. Yet as our global population grows in size and affluence, both our collective demand for packaging materials and the waste we generate as a result will increase dramatically.

Currently, large amounts of packaging waste escape formal collection and recycling systems and eventually end up polluting the environment. Moreover, their material value is forever lost to the economy. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation estimates that uncollected plastic packaging waste alone is worth somewhere between 80 to 120 billion dollars a year.

So how can we improve packaging systems in order to capture this wasted potential? Clearly, the way we currently design, recover, and reuse packaging urgently needs a rethink!

In this course, you will learn about the design of sustainable packaging systems. To do so we will explore the design and business strategies of the circular economy.

Contrary to our current industrial model, which extracts, uses and ultimately disposes of resources, a circular economy is regenerative by design. This means that products and services are reimagined from a systems perspective in order to minimize waste, maximize positive economic, environmental and social impacts, and keep resources locked in a cycle of restoration.

This course is for you if you are interested in learning about sustainable packaging design. You'll also benefit if you are a professional in the packaging industry and want to learn how to find circular opportunities in your work. Students - particularly in design -will be able to broaden their knowledge of circular design and business strategies.

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Conny Bakker
Conny Bakker
Dr. Conny Bakker is professor of Design Methodology for Sustainability and Circular Economy at the TU Delft, faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, where she coordinates and teaches several courses in Sustainable Design and Circular Product Design. Her research field is Design for the Circular Economy, in particular the design and development of products that are used more than once (i.e. that have multiple lifecycles). It explores strategies such as product life-extension, reuse, remanufacturing and recycling, and the business models that enable these strategies. A second research interest is the field of user centred sustainable design, which focuses on exploring the relationships between consumer behaviour, sustainability and design.
Ruud Balkenende
Ruud Balkenende
Prof. Ruud Balkenende is professor of Circular Product Design at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at TU Delft. He received his PhD on a doctoral thesis about the use of copper as an automotive exhaust catalyst material. In 1990 he joined Philips Research, where he has been active at the interface of technological innovation and business applications. Since 2009 he has been mainly involved in research and development related to materials scarcity and product recyclability. Linking product architecture and materials science to resource efficiency was the main driver. Since 2013 his activities extended from recyclability to circular economy, i.e. reusing products or parts at a functional level instead of recovering materials.
Janne de Hoop
Janne de Hoop
Janne de Hoop is a junior lecturer in Circular Product Design at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. She graduated from the master Integrated Product Design in 2017. With her graduation project on post-consumer plastic recycling she obtained the specialisation Technology in Sustainable Development.
Jos Vlugter
Jos Vlugter
Jos Vlugter is a Junior lecturer in Circular Product Design at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. Jos graduated from the Strategic Product Design programme in 2017. During his thesis project he researched common barriers to plastics recycling and the application of recycled plastics across industries. Previously, Jos helped develop the Circular Economy: An Introduction and the Delft Design Approach MOOCs.
Jannes Nelissen
Jannes Nelissen
Jannes Nelissen is a junior lecturer in Circular Product Design at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. He recently graduated from the master Integrated Product Design with a graduation project on the design and recycling of 3D printed electronics for a circular economy. As a student he was involved with the development of the MOOC Circular Economy: An Introduction, and headed the student initiative Circular Delft. He came to Delft with the ambition to become a designer for sporting goods but somehow managed to get distracted by concerns about sustainable production and the interest in open source product design.