Regenerative design is a principle that calls for products or services to contribute to systems that renew or replenish themselves. This ultimately means the materials and energy that go into a product or process can be reintroduced into the same process or system, requiring little to no inputs to maintain it. At the heart of regenerative design, there’s a strong connection to the place in which a product or process is extracted, produced, used and disposed of at end of life.
There are four key premises to regenerative design:
To achieve true regenerative design, you must incorporate systems thinking, interdisciplinary collaboration, and recognize dependence on natural capital.