Hello from Hubbub

We design campaigns that inspire ways of living that are good for the environment. Our campaigns tackle environmental issues, from food waste to microfibres and (almost) everything in between.

We believe insight-led, experimental and collaborative design should be at the heart of solving environmental issues. Over the years we’ve seen how impactful great design can be in nudging behaviours. Our playful, colourful recycling bins have almost tripled recycling rates in Leeds and are now having similar results in other cities. The boats we make from 99% recycled plastic  tell a story of the circular economy but more importantly, they are durable, highly practical. Our ‘Ballot Bin’ cigarette voting ashtray, reduces cigarette littering by up to 46% and, prevents plastics and chemicals from entering our waterways.


New forms of design and different solutions are needed to address the scale of the environmental challenge we face. That’s where you come in. Designers, creators, thinkers, makers — want to use your skills to change the world?

It's time to Design By Nature*

*More than an award

Design By Nature celebrates fresh, creative approaches to tackling tough environmental issues which affect our day-to-day lives. Work on real living briefs, gain access to Hubbub's key insights, support and tips and if your ideas is successful there’s opportunity to bring it to life through seed funding, trialling in a live Hubbub campaign and receiving expert advice.

Who can take part?

The award is open to UK university students and recent graduates (up to a year) from any creative discipline. You can work on the living briefs as part of your course or outside of studies – whatever works for you!

How can I take part?

The 2020-21 living briefs will be revealed soon and will be available to download. The deadline for entries is May 25th 2021 and submissions will open from January 2021. Sign up to our newsletter to be the first to receive updates on briefs, deadlines and creative inspiration.

What if my ideas is successful?

If you’ve entered Design By Nature and if your idea is successful, the journey won’t end there. Commended will be celebrated far and wide on social media and Hubbub are keen to support upcoming creatives and help bring successful ideas to life. There are opportunities to receive seed funding or pilot ideas in a Hubbub campaign, with full credit going to the student.