Regenerative design

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:

  • Understanding the product’s or processes’ relationship to place throughout its life cycle
  • Determine goals that recognize regenerative capacity
  • Become a partner to place instead of purely extracting from it
  • Strive to achieve harmonization between people and place

To achieve true regenerative design, you must incorporate systems thinking, interdisciplinary collaboration, and recognize dependence on natural capital.