6 November | 10:00 – 17:30
Waste and consumerism, a challenge

Waste and consumerism go hand in hand. With excess production, lack of viable recycling programs and a society grown on throwaway culture and fast fashion, it’s no wonder we’re facing a crisis of plastic soups, resource exhaustion, labor violations and ecological ruin.

In order to rethink waste we need rethink our systems and our behaviour. In collaboration with Ikea Foundation and STBY, WDCD is preparing for their next global challenge that will focus on waste and consumerism. Launching again in five different cities, the No Waste lab will act as a vehicle to kickstart the challenge. This is an opportunity for experts, problem owners, and creatives invested in the issue of waste, to join forces and help shape the path for this new challenge.


A Radical Collaboration Lab is a hands on design research experience, focused on gaining a deep understanding of a problem and at the same time developing new perspectives on it. This lab will focus mainly on mapping important stakeholders of this issue and showing the values they can deliver in relation to the challenge. The goal of the lab is to explore how to build stronger connections accross different stakeholders such as citizens, companies and non-profits to enable addressing the problem in an effective way.

Lab PARTners


HKU University of the Arts Utrecht is at the heart of the cultural and student life of Utrecht. With more than 3,900 students, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht is one of the largest art and culture-oriented institutes in Europe that offers preparatory courses, bachelor’s and master’s programmes and research degrees in fine art, design, music, theatre, media, games and interaction and arts management.

About the R&D Event

In a one-day, invitation-only event, 200+ selected interdisciplenary participants will work closely with our partners to develop new paths for future design interventions, that we can share across the world – challenging the pressing issues we face today.

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