Detox Design 

Circularity in Practice!

Detox Design by Weather Underground shares current, sustainable design perspectives. This section was born out of the idea that a fashion and product design brand can be extended to a communicative platform to share insights with colleagues, customers and a wider public.

Photo by Andreas Liehmann at pro qm and video by Antonia Breme 

In 2019, when the prototypes of durable, yet biodegradable rainwear were tested, Christian joined Verena’s journey as an external communication consultant. Together, they have encountered innovative and future-oriented concepts, which too often stay in the laboratories or exhibition context. Detox Design looks at the barriers and misperceptions related to the circular economy and especially highlights ideas which, despite many challenges, do meet the light of day.

August 2021

CAPEBAG: 6 facts on innovative design rainwear made in Germany

Who designed CAPEBAG, why is this product innovative and aren’t the attributes “compostable but durable” conflicting? Get answers to these and more questions!

June 2021

Waste cycles: Why do bioplastics decompose in Amsterdam, but not in Berlin?

Let's turn our attention to waste cycles. “Bioplastics are not suitable for industrial waste systems”, claims Berlin’s public waste company BSR. “Bioplastics certified EN13432 decompose in industrial waste systems, but the waste cycle has to be long enough“, says designer Verena and she gives more insights.

May 2021

Bioplastics do not exist? Yes, they do exist and here is why!

“Bioplastics do not work”, has become a popular notion. Designer Verena Michels says: “Let’s refocus the public debate! There are different types of bioplastics. And some are indeed circular”.