The People’s Design Lab was first implemented in the UK in 2013, inspired by the Little Museum of Bad Industrial Design in Italy and zero waste achievements around the world.
In 2016, Zero Waste Europe launched a new edition of the Lab, where European citizens can come together and help change design. A laboratory for ordinary folk, experimenting with design. It’s a place for people who care about reuse and recycling, a place to address industries who create “stuff” in the first place and say “look, we’re doing our bit, what about you?”
We need solutions for the products that are left in the waste bin (the ones that cannot be recycled, composted, reused or repaired). That’s why we are bringing together a new kind of design team; professional designers, manufacturers, students, ‘fixperts’, alongside ourselves who are simply frustrated by the valuable resources that end up in our bins. Together, we are the People’s Design Lab.