The WDCD No Waste Challenge

Cut waste. Cut emissions. Fight climate change.


Calling all creatives, hackers and dreamers!

We’re excited to announce that What Design Can Do is launching the No Waste Challenge, our third climate action challenge in partnership with the IKEA Foundation. This global design competition focuses on addressing the devastating impact of waste and consumerism on climate change. We invite creative entrepreneurs from around the world to submit innovative solutions to reduce waste and rethink the way we extract, produce and consume resources on our planet.


While we focus on redesigning the entire system over the long term, we can also make an immediate impact by buying less stuff, making better products, and reusing materials. That is why we are looking for exciting, design-driven solutions at various scales. By addressing both the roots and the results of our addiction to waste, we can move towards a just and circular economy for all. So, how do we encourage more mindful consumption; how can we produce for both people and planet; and how can we handle waste more responsibly?

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Launch and call for proposals: January 2021

A global challenge in 4 cities


As we push towards a global circular economy, we must be mindful of local challenges and opportunities. That is why the No Waste Challenge will offer one global and four city tracks for participants to choose from. WDCD is working closely with partners in Amsterdam, México City, São Paulo and Tokyo to develop extended programmes for each of these cities. This means that although the topic will always be around waste, the questions will vary depending on the local focus.


Winners will get the chance to participate in a six-month global development programme, and will receive a prize fund of €10.000 each. All winning projects will also be presented during a WDCD Live event in Mexico or Amsterdam, and gain international exposure through the WDCD and (media)-partner communication channels. Interested? Check back soon for more information on the Challenge, and how to enter your

game-changing idea.