Rise and Design: The Circular Economy

Friday 13th September: 09:00 – 12:00

PROTO | Hawks Road | Gateshead | NE8 3DF

Its a sad fact but waste and pollution are largely a result of how we design things, and we've heard enough about waste in recent years to know that something needs to change. And that requires a different approach to design, whether that's a product, a house or a leaflet.

We'll be hearing from some North East businesses who have embraced this new approach to creating their products, and far from it being an added burden, have seen it become the key to their success.

Speakers include -

Peter Lillie, GRN Sportwear

Based on Teesside, the home of the plastics industry, GRN Sportwears committment to creating high performance, sustainable, ethical sportswear has seen their sponsorship partners become the first pro cycling team to complete in 100% recyced kit at this years Tour de Yorkshire. Each jersey removes around seven plastic bottles from landfill, as well as being woven in Italy and manufactured in the UK. Pete will describe their journey so far and their big plans for the future.

Andy Haddon, Earth Doctors

Andy has spent his entire career creating sustainable processes for food and energy production. His current passion is the Shieldfield Community Bakery, that does more than just bake organic, artisinal bread. They are truly at the heart of the community, having just moved into new premises in Newcastle and run workshops and experience days. Andy will share some of his experiences of trying to change the world.

Matthew Lumsden, Connected Energy

E-STOR is the first commercially available energy storage system to utilise 'second life' electric vehicle batteries. These batteries are no longer suitable for the specfic demands of powering a vehicle, but still have energy storage capability, so E-STOR in effect doubles the useful life of the battery. In fact one of their recent projects was an electric vehicle charging station in Dundee where E-STOR is used to manage the load from the PV generation system. Matthew will share some of the highlights and stories behind their growing success.

More speakers will be announced soon

Supply Chain North East sees four key partners joining forces to work with over 800 businesses between 2018-2021 supporting businesses to identify opportunities in new and existing markets. An integral part of the North East Growth Hub, Supply Chain North East is delivered across the region by RTC North, Generator, North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) and North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC). Supply Chain North East is receiving up to £3,148,514 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.