Hong Kong Polytechnic University/M&S Collaborative Project
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Hong Kong Polytechnic University/M&S Collaborative Project

Design for sustainable consumption and lifestyle


Falmouth students have been working in teams with their Hong Kong partners to create sustainable designs that complement the M&S homeware product range. Ideas can relate to emerging digital lifestyles, lighting or products that enable a sustainable way of living.

Marks & Spencer is a global company, manufacturing household products in China and marketing them in the UK and Europe. Students were asked to take up design challenges to promote sustainable and user focused designs targeted towards their customers.

The project brief enabled students to explore and practice product design via a broader global, social and ecological context and work in design teams with international partners.

Research included analysing M&S sustainable policies and drawing inspiration from their ‘Innovation Platforms’. A component of the brief was to incorporate recycled plastics into the design using concepts of ‘closed loop’ recycling and ‘end of life’ solutions.

Regular distance interactive communication between design teams in Falmouth and Hong Kong has taken place. Skype meetings facilitated working together, idea generation, discussions and shared presentations to transpire across the globe.

Final designs incorporating research and design probes, sustainable concepts, models, customer insights and scenario of use were presented through Skype links to our Hong Kong partners and M&S Design, Innovation and Technical managers in Asia and the UK.


Funded M&S internships have now been awarded to two students in Falmouth, Jack Lindsey and Robert Dooley. Four students in Hong Kong, Chloe, Suiki, Momi and Vivian, have also won. The internships will include placements with M&S departments and key relevant partners in their supply chains.