Making Circles is a Circular Economy Design workshop for schools across Scotland. Since 2018 we have worked with over 3,000 children in 85 schools, culminating in three displays of work at National Museums Scotland.

The workshops include an introduction to the Circular Economy and working with a professional designer-maker to design and create objects using circular design principles for a Zero Waste Classroom. This opportunity is cross-curricular and suitable for all departments from P4 to S2. The content has been created with the support of teachers to ensure it is impactful and corresponds to learning outcomes from the Curriculum for Excellence.


Can you imagine a zero waste school? Our pilot programme equips young people with Circular Economy skills and knowledge and designs waste out of their school on a practical level. Learners work with their teachers and local authorities to map out the resources used, identify where they can design out waste and who they need to communicate with to make change happen. 


We worked with 20 schools across Scotland to co-create: “Making Circles – A Simple Guide to Cutting out Classroom Waste”.  Designed and illustrated by the wonderful Hannah Riordan, the guide is packed full of practical, easy to implement ideas that are already working in schools across Scotland. The guide is now freely available to download by clicking on the button below. If you would like a printed poster version for your classroom wall, please email – we have 100 FREE copies to give away (maximum 4 per school).

Please contact to find out more about Making Circles.


Access our FREE resource for learners at school or at home. Learn all about the Circular Economy and access films and downloadable resources including:

  • Introduction to the Circular Economy;
  • 4 “How To” Circular Design Films;
  • Studio visits to circular designer-makers Bryony Knox and Mella Shaw;
  • Go Circular – ideas for cutting out waste at home and at school.

Use the large orange button below to sign up for a FREE account or if you already have an account, you can log in using the same button.

All you need to enter is your school or organisation name and an email address. If you are not a school or home learner but are interested in finding out more, please contact us.

Museum Maker – How to Make Paper Art

Museum Maker – How to Make an Owl Badge

Build Back Better Display with NMS

Your workshops are always thoroughly enjoyed by the children because the learning context is always creative, active and collaborative. The children learn about reducing waste and extending the life cycle of products through group activities, which create a lasting impression and inspire them to change their own habits and those of others.

Primary Teacher, South Queensferry

Learning outcomes include understanding how the Circular Economy can mitigate the effects of the climate emergency and what role we can all play in designing out waste; developing skills for employability; creativity; design & making; global citizenship and critical thinking.

Making Circles Training can also be provided as CPD for teachers so that Circular Economy thinking can be embedded in your school. Please contact us to book a workshop for students or for teachers, in your school or via Zoom.




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