An Intro to the Circular Economy & EcoDesign

An Intro to the Circular Economy & Principles of EcoDesign followed by eco-design cards game! (in 2 sessions)

The Circular Economy & Eco Design

Maya Karkour

Maya Karkour is an Environmental Consultant, an Eco-Entrepreneur, and the Managing Director of EcoConsulting which she co-founded in London, UK in 2003 and then established in Beirut, Lebanon in 2008. EcoConsulting is a specialized sustainability consultancy with a focus on reworking the relationship between businesses, institutions, municipalities, corporations, households and the Environment through greater energy-efficiency, better resource use, pollution mitigation, as well as healthier and circular solutions. Maya oversees or has directly worked on numerous projects aiming at reducing their environmental footprint –including the eco-renovation of Casa Batroun, first project in the Middle-East to achieve the British BREEAM “Excellent” certificate in 2014 and the Lebanese Architects Sustainability Award in 2017. She also conducts eco-building, sustainability, circular economy and environmental seminars & workshops on a regular basis. Maya has been actively promoting the Circular Economy and sustainable practices in Lebanon through workshops, as the local representative of the Circular Economy Club in Beirut, and more recently by launching the Circular Hub of EcoConsulting. She has also been coaching environmental start-ups or entrepreneurs with innovative entrepreneurial solutions. Maya has been a keynote speaker or moderator at various sustainability/environmental conferences in Lebanon and other countries. She has organized and animated a panel in 2017 on Agriculture & Climate Change, has been selected to coach all presenters and moderate an event for the EU Delegation in Lebanon in December 2019, entitled “Towards a Green Society in Lebanon?”, and was invited as a speaker on “Enabling a Circular Economy” at the CSR Lebanon Forum in October 2019. Maya holds an MSc (hons) in Environment from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is a LEED Accredited Professional, a BREEAM Licensed Assessor, a Low Carbon Energy Assessor, and holds certificates in the Circular Economy and Permaculture. She is currently the President of the Lebanon Mountain Trail Association and is heading its environmental Education Committee.

Seminar Content


An introduction to the Circular Economy: What is it all about, how could it be applied, what are the challenges, is it really happening?

What is meant by eco-designing? How can we creatively design in an environmentally-friendly way, keeping in mind the full life-cycle of a product, from resource extraction to product disposal? How can we design out waste and regenerate natural systems? How can we apply such principles to a service too? A few practical examples from around the world will be presented.

The importance of life-cycle assessments and extending the life of products, including product-service models, will be addressed.

The discussion about some of the most important criteria & principles of eco-design will be followed by a few challenging questions and an interactive eco-card game to pick your brains!

This interactive, creative, and fun workshop is suitable for anyone curious about the circular economy, including teenagers. Designers from all fields of design (architecture, landscaping, urban, fashion, industrial, product, etc…) will particularly benefit from this workshop to apply circular thinking in their own practice.

September 22, 2020 - September 24, 2020
05:30 pm - 07:30 pm


1 Unit CE
1 Unit SE




The Circular Economy & Eco Design
Sustainability, Climate Change & Environmental Knowledge


The Circular Economy & Eco Design

Sustainable Development Goals

Who is it for?

Anyone curious about the circular economy, including teenagers. Designers from all fields of design (fashion, industrial, product, architecture, landscaping, urban, etc…).