Conference – Designs for Life: The Circular Economy in Action

On Friday 23 March, The Rediscovery Centre and Dublin City Council will host a major conference on the circular economy. Designs For Life: The Circular Economy in Action conference will bring together policy-makers, designers and innovators from across Ireland and Europe to demonstrate the successes of this quickly expanding sector of the global economy.

In a circular economy the value of products and materials are continued for as long as possible. The purpose is to minimise waste and resources. When a product reaches the end of its life, it is used again to create further value.

Ken Webster, Head of Innovation at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, one of the conference’s keynote speakers, says: "A circular economy means ‘closing the loop’ and ‘slowing the flow’ of resources while creating benefits for business and the economy".

Dr Sarah Miller, CEO of the Rediscovery Centre says: “This conference is an excellent way to expose what’s been happening in the Circular Economy both in Ireland and Europe – not just the theory, but the practical successes to date, and the scope for much more development”.

Hosted in The Rediscovery Centre’s Dublin headquarters – Ireland’s first Centre of Excellence for the Circular Economy – the conference will showcase that circular principles are a new frontier in innovation and fundamental to worldwide economic development.

Helen McNamara, Senior Executive Officer at Dublin City Council says: “The Rediscovery Centre is the ideal place to host this conference. It’s a cluster of social enterprises dedicated to up-cycling waste materials into fashionable and durable products. Given that the Rediscovery Centre is now housed in the council’s re-purposed boiler house – it is both a showcase and an exemplar of sustainable circular development.”



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Designs For Life: The Circular Economy in Action is hosted by The Rediscovery Centre ( in association with Dublin City Council ( and the WISER LIFE project (

WISER LIFE is part of the LIFE+ Programme, the European Union’s funding instrument supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects:

Rediscovery Centre

The Rediscovery Centre is a creative space connecting people, ideas and resources. We bring together the skills and expertise of artists, scientists, designers and craftsmen united in a common purpose of sustainability through resource efficiency and reuse. The Rediscovery Centre supports the development of the circular economy and advocates for a more resilient, equitable society.

The Centre has four reuse social enterprises Rediscover Furniture, Rediscover Fashion, Rediscover Paint and Rediscover Cycling. These enterprises use waste and unwanted materials as a resource and raw material for new product design.

The past two decades have seen a revolution in awareness of issues around climate and the environment. At household level, recycling has increased by 24% since 1998*, while in business and government there has been a shift in investment from non-renewable energy sources to renewable ones. At the same time, the total amount of waste produced worldwide continues to rise, leading to new approaches in which all waste material is treated as a potential resource. This is the thinking that underpins the Circular Economy, which moves from a make-take-dispose culture to a consciously regenerative one.

Sarah Miller and Helen McNamara were responsible for the redevelopment of the old Ballymun Boiler House and WISER Life Project. The success of which is celebrated at this conference.

*Source: Environmental Protection Agency, 2015