A major issue for designers and entrepreneurs looking to develop products in a responsible way is finding the right suppliers that would produce sustainable raw materials. One of the great sources to identify circular materials is Fashion Positive C2C. They are an initiative launched by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and they are creating a database of circular fashion materials in order to make it easier for designers to source responsibly.
Of course, designers must first come to understand the concept of “circular design” and how they can create value through it for their business, their customers and the environment. Every business model will have a best fit regarding sustainable materials and a holistic approach is necessary in order to define what is appropriate to use. It’s a process, it’s not easy but it is possible.
For those interested in further developing their knowledge, remember you can now join the Sustainable Business Design & Entrepreneurship Hub. It’s a great place to start discussing the sustainability goals for your products and receive guidance and advice from like-minded individuals.