Fixing Waste!

Let's fix wasteful design!

People's Design Lab

Let's fix wasteful design!

People's Design Lab

Frustrated by unsustainable products? You’ve come to the right place. The People’s Design Lab was created for European communities to take part in the redesign of products you can’t fix, products that come with excess packaging or break too easily.

How it works?

It’s quick and easy: Nominate a product that you’d like to see redesigned and upload a description of the problem with a picture to the platform. Then the voting will begin. Products with the most votes will be redesigned. Redesign workshops will be taking place across Europe and online. Note: You can also nominate good designs which we should celebrate!

We’ll take the redesigned products to manufacturers and policy makers to showcase solutions to wasteful design.

Fixing Waste!

Nominate products whose bad design creates waste: wasting our money, the resources that have gone into making them, breaking too early, difficult to fix, filling up our landfills and feeding our incinerators! Invite your friends and family and campaign for the product(s) you picked! You can also nominate products that are well designed and that should serve as role models.

One of the first products submitted to the People’s Design Lab website was the ‘packed water glass’, nominated for the Russian Doll Award, an example of excess packaging taken to the extreme. The use of non-recyclable single use packaging for such a small amount of water epitomises the wasteful mentality many products are designed with. Where branding and product marketing play a far bigger role than any consideration for what happens next.

Ivo Valkenburg

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