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HAIRCYCLE: a pilot study to explore and test regenerative, local, bio-based and circular models for human hair waste

University of the Arts London

HAIRCYCLE aims to revolutionise perspectives on the value of waste, focusing on the locally abundant resource of human hair. The research transcends conventional approaches to ‘recycling and waste’ by focusing on behaviour change at the local level, whilst captivating peoples’ curiosity and imagination using participatory methods and creative material exploration.

Working with the London Borough of Newham, this project will develop and test new systemic methods and models for the collection, recycling and regeneration of human hair waste (HHW) from local hairdressers/barbershops to support the green transition in a local context. The project considers the local needs of hairdressing practices alongside the Council’s Reduction and Recycling Plan, to combat waste whilst generating multifaceted value for people and planet to thrive within their local, circular bioeconomy.

Project team

Academic Supervisor: Rosie Hornbuckle

Research Associate: Sanne Visser

Non-Academic Partner: London Borough of Newham

Rosie Hornbuckle

Rosie is Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Complex Design Collaborations at University of the Arts London. Rosie is a researcher and educator focusing on interdisciplinary communication for alternative

Sanne Visser

Sanne Visser is a materials designer, doctoral researcher and associate lecturer at University of the Arts London, and runs her own design practice, Studio Sanne Visser. Sanne graduated from Material

Jahid Ahmed

Jahid is the Senior Economic Regeneration Officer at the London Borough of Newham. Jahid is a dynamic leader who co-developed Newham’s Green Economy Strategy, securing the UKRI Net Zero Living grant.