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Circular Harvest

A collaborative project with the Royal National Lifeboat Institute and the Royal College of Art to explore concepts for creatively reusing decommissioned equipment. ​
London, UK

Each year the marine industry discards equipment no longer fit for purpose. The RNLI wanted to explore how the durable materials could be upcycled into new products…


While studying at the RCA, fellow designer Joseph Rouse and myself partnered with the RNLI, a UK charity that saves lives at sea. We brought on board our student design community and organized peer-led hands-on workshops to develop concepts for the creative reuse of decommissioned equipment. ​


Opportunities for products made from repurposed material were identified and in addition we provided recommendations for ways to improve the production of existing equipment that could enable greater reuse as products proceed through their lifecycle.


Developed 10 product concepts that were explored further by the RNLI in their retail store to raise funds for their organization.

Workshop Participants:
Almha McCartan, Miyuki Oka, Wei-Haw Huang, Georgina Cottington, Barbara Cimzar, Yi-Fan Hsieh, Ricky Stoch, Jess Stein, Joseph Rouse, Celine Ducret, RNLI Innovation Team

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