Circular Glossary

Circular Design Glossary

Furniture & Furnishings


‘GOING CIRCULAR’ - A Lively Webinar on Next Steps


November 2022

mebl and SFC hosted an interactive webinar to:

• better understand 40+ circular design concepts – from ‘design for disassembly’ to ‘renewable resources’ 

• learn practical approaches from leaders in the furniture & furnishings industry

• map next steps on your ‘circular journey’ 

This webinar is co-hosted by the Sustainable Furnishings Council and mebl | Transforming Furniture.

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Just Launched! Circular Design Glossary

We believe the very first step to a ‘circular future’ is accessible information and awareness. This Circular Design Glossary aims to improve understanding of the circular economy and design, with a particular focus on furniture and furnishings.

We’re striving for clear definitions of key concepts, combined with an illustration of each. We’ve tried to select tangible and inspiring applications within the furniture and furnishing sectors – from sofas to lighting.

This glossary is created by mebl | Transforming Furniture and the Sustainable Furnishings Council, in collaboration with SOMA_studiomilano.

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The glossary was featured in Business of Home!

"The path to sustainable business practices is littered with jargon. Terms like “circularity,” “biophilia,” “zero waste” and “carbon neutral” get tossed around like confetti these days, and it’s not just consumers who are in danger of falling for “greenwashing” (itself lingo for branding something as sustainable without offering much proof). Designers and manufacturers alike are increasingly daunted by the lack of unified definitions for these practices."

There’s a lot of power in shared language when creating change. This glossary was developed to support industry players in taking their first – or next – step towards a sustainable and circular future.

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Our aim is to demystify circular design as applied to furniture and furnishings — offering clear definitions and real-life examples of 43 key circular concepts.