Waste-Led Design

with Céline Semaan

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Where do things go when we throw them “away”? And how bad is our waste issue as a society? This class explores waste-led design, which is an approach that considers the end of life of materials at the beginning of the design process. Céline Semaan also talks about how to implement circular design methodology and adopt sustainability thinking methods within product design processes to reduce the burden placed on landfills by overconsumption and waste, and how we can redistribute waste responsibly.

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Céline Semaan

Céline Semaan is a Lebanese-Canadian researcher, designer, public speaker, and entrepreneur. She is the co-founder and executive director of Slow Factory, an institute and lab that transforms socially and environmentally harmful systems by designing models that are good for the Earth and good for people. She currently sits on Progressive International’s Council alongside Noam Chomsky and Arundhati Roy and has published in Elle, the New York Magazine and Teen Vogue. Her inter-disciplinary work at the intersection of fashion, climate, and politics has been covered by numerous news and fashion outlets.

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