To play the train, visitors were tasked to manufacture a household product and make ‘design junction’ decisions about material type, business model and supply chain, as their engine traversed the route making sure their product didn’t end up straight into landfill.

The train was simple, yet complex, enabling us to show, at a glance, not only the complexity of circularity but also the deterministic nature of design in deciding the fate of products.

Alongside the train we showcased work from designers already nudging us towards circular thinking: Rich Gilbert from the Agency of Design and the Restart Project and Fab Lab London.

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