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The No Waste Challenge is a global competition initiated by What Design Can Do (WDCD) in partnership with the IKEA Foundation.

WDCD is calling on creatives — both small hackers and big dreamers — to submit innovative solutions to reduce waste and to rethink the entire production and consumption cycle.

This global design competition focuses on the enormous impact of waste and consumerism on climate change. Designers and creative entrepreneurs around the world are invited to submit innovative solutions to reduce waste and to re-design the systems of extraction, production, and consumption to be less destructive — or even to make them restorative.

No Waste Challenge has two main goals:

        To make a significant contribution to the reduction of global warming (and keep the global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees celsius in accordance with the Paris Agreement) through minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting biodiversity;

        To accelerate the transition to a fair and circular economy.

Categories

Next to this, all proposals are to be submitted in one or more of the following categories:

        Communications: Information design, speculative design, campaigns, packaging design, films, music and other verbal or non-verbal messages, digital or physical

        Products: Sustainable product design, fashion design, food design, material design (made industrially or in limited edition)

        Spaces: Interior design, architecture, landscape design and other forms of spatial design for the private or public sector, temporary or permanent

        Services & Systems: Digital or physical tools, services, platforms, programmes and infrastructures to influence human (and non-human) behavior and facilitate interactions

Award Information

A chance for winning €10.000 in funding and a tailor-made development programme to turn your project into a reality.

Eligibility Criteria

        The No Waste Challenge focuses on the devastating impact of waste and consumerism on climate change. They invite creatives from around the world to submit inspiring, imaginative solutions to reduce waste and rethink the way they extract, produce and consume resources on our planet.

        The challenge is open to students, designers and creative entrepreneurs from all countries.

Judging Criteria

        Impact: Directly – You are able to demonstrate that your initiative leads to a significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissionsand has positive impact on people and the planet. or Indirectly – Your initiative has the potential to shift people’s values and/or influence political and corporate policies.

        Creativity & Design: Your initiative is exciting because it’s innovative and new – or builds on an old solution in a new way. Design is a clear differentiator. This means that your proposal is inspiring, well-crafted and easy to understand. Your design is not only user centered, but also earth-centered!

        Feasible: Your initiative is firmly rooted in (local) research and you are working with, or have consulted experts to ensure your proposals is feasible on different levels, Forexample technically, economically, politically and socially

        Scalable: Your Initiative may be developed for a specific location or community but has the potential to be scaled up to benefit the many. You are able to demonstrate how.

Deadline: 1-Apr-21 For more information, visit https://nowaste.whatdesigncando.com/about/