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Circular Cricket: Prototyping and Socially Engaged Manufacture of Cricket Pads, using Circular Design, Biomaterials, Recycled Materials and Component Reuse

Prof. Martin Charter & Dr Lilian Sanchez-Moreno, University for the Creative Arts

Cricket is the UK’s 2nd largest sport and one of the most gear intensive sports globally. However, the production of cricket gear is not aligned to net zero/circularity practices, producing an annual waste of 1624 tonnes of cricket. Additionally, the cricket gear lifecycle currently features little repair and refurbishment, and limited reuse, while the manufacture of cricket gear is predominantly carried out in Asia, thus increasing the embedded carbon of imported cricket gear. 

This project aims to challenge exiting practices in design and production of cricket gear in the UK by:

(i) developing socially manufactured circular designed cricket pads using biomaterials grown/produced in the UK, recycled, and reused materials/ components

(ii) training social enterprises to make, repair and refurbish cricket pads.

Martin Charter

Professor Martin Charter, Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design ®, Business School for the Creative Industries, University for the Creative Arts (UCA). Professor Martin Charter is the Founding

Lilian Sanchez-Moreno

Lilian Sanchez-Moreno is a design practitioner and researcher in sustainable design and circular economy at the Centre for Sustainable Design at the University for the Creative Arts. She was awarded a