Designing the Green Transition UK fashion interventions to implement a circular fashion ecosystem: upstream
This research report has a focus on broad themes across fashion supply chain steps of design, sourcing and manufacture only, to answer the primary research question: How sector interventions can enable implementation of a circular fashion ecosystem, specifically in the upstream supply chain?
Across the core themes of the upstream supply chain, this report presents findings based on research conducted from January to April 2023, using primary data the IPF gathered between 2021 and 2023 from across the fashion industry. This includes SME fashion designers in the BFC network, academia, brands, retailers, consultants, collectors & sorters & reprocessors, digital innovators, logistics providers, institutions and the third sector.
Virtual Production’s Role in Carbon Reduction and Net Zero Production in the Screen Industries
This policy report investigates the role of Virtual Production (VP) in reducing carbon emissions within the screen industries. It highlights the transformative nature of this nascent technology and its potential to revolutionise production workflows whilst at the same time significantly reducing carbon emissions in the production cycle of film, television, animation, games and other new emerging digital entertainment forms. It is a technology solution that will also support ambitions across the screen sector to push towards net zero content production.
Development of a Sustainability Reporting Framework for Co-Located, Cross-Sector Organisations
This research aims to develop and test a sustainability reporting framework to help organizations of varying sizes, maturities, and sectors progress towards sustainability goals. The framework will be developed within the context of the South Ken ZEN+ initiative and will be tested through phased interviews and workshops with ERCG members. The framework aims to support context-specific learning, aggregate performance, accommodate data at different levels of quality, and increase efficiency by reducing resource duplication and reporting time.
This report helps articulate the three values of retrofit - environmental,
cultural and social - operating within the parameters of economic
considerations, which should be considered for the future-proofing
of our cultural infrastructure. It aims to bring greater clarity to the
retrofit process for cultural organisations as well as recommendations
for policy-makers and researchers.
Islands: Design Researchers in Residence 2022/2023
This publication features the work of the 2022/23 Design Researchers in Residence. It accompanies an exhibition staged at the Design Museum from June 2023 to September 2023.The four distinct projects by the Design Researchers in Residence form an archipelago of design thinking with currents of research and practice connecting different species, citizens, languages and terrains. Design Researchers in Residence is Future Observatory’s programme for emerging design researchers hosted at the
A Co-Creative Climate: Participatory design's emerging role for Glasgow's sustainable development
This Design Ecosystem Fellowship focused on mapping the emerging role of participatory design in Glasgow’s sustainable development. Glasgow hosted COP26 in November 2021, which stimulated support for net zero and nature-based enterprise (NBE) initiatives in the city’s local enterprise ecosystem across private, public and third sector projects and collaborations.
Mapping the Net Zero Transformation of Healthcare Ecosystems: The Case of NHS – University Hospital Coventry Warwick (UHCW)
The UHCW is one of the five UK trusts that have been selected for the Virginia Mason Institute partnership to boost innovation and continuous improvement. The purpose of the UHCW ecosystem is to become a national and international leader in healthcare while simultaneously
achieving net zero goals.
Mosaic Landscapes: How private woodland owners have the power to change the future of our landscapes
Our work has investigated the opportunities for private woodland owners in
England to develop resilient treescapes and regenerative land management
practices to repair our degraded landscapes. We are interested in the
opportunities that a transition to varied treescapes would offer a sustainable
construction industry through the supply of diverse, low embodied carbon
The Circular Personal Care Ecosystem for Yorkshire
The aim of this exploratory research was to map the innovative personal care product ecosystem of Yorkshire by identifying the main components of the ecosystem, showing examples of initiatives accelerating the sector’s shift to circularity and highlighting current trends and future opportunities.
The Living Textiles Ecosystem maps the interrelationships between materials
and technologies within the new interdisciplinary field of Living Textiles
in the North of England. The purpose of the ecosystem is to explore how
to repurpose waste from agriculture and industry into the material flow to
produce biohybrid living textiles for the built environment.