Project Circleg is a low-cost prosthetic leg system designed for the needs and circumstances of amputees in less developed countries. By using recycled plastic waste in combination with simple production methods, the Circleg prosthesis can be produced locally and cost-effectively.
What it makes unique
Modularity & Customizability
The Circleg prosthesis is designed to be fully modular in order to repair or exchange broken parts. In addition it also allows the individual colour design of the leg prosthesis and therefore the possibility for the users to express themselves through the Circleg.
35 million people in the world need prostheses or orthoses.
World Health Organisation
The demand for low-cost leg prosthesis is high in many «less developed countries» (LDCs) and the existing prosthetic systems lack in terms of functionality, affordability and availability. Not beeing able to walk has a huge influence on physical, psycological, economical and social aspects. Many amputees are excluded from society and are not able to get a job and gain an income for their families.
72% of the worldwide yearly produced plastic packaging ends up in landfills or nature.
Ellen McArthur Foundation: The New Plastics Economy
Such landfills are often found in less developed countries (LDCs), due to the lack of official recycling systems. As industrial designers we are driven by the notion of using plastic waste as a resource for meaningful products. Therefore the Circleg prosthesis is made of recycled polypropylene (PP) post-consumer plastic waste, which cuts the material costs down to 50%. It is reinforced with glass fibres to create a composite material that meets the high-performance requirements of a leg prosthesis.
We are Fabian Engel and Simon Oschwald, the founders of Project Circleg. As industrial designers we are driven by the notion to have an impact with our skills. We truly believe that Project Circleg gets better when it is discussed from various perspectives. So get in touch with us! We are keen to get to know your ideas and opinions.
Falling Walls Lab Zurich 2018
Winner of the Falling Walls Lab Zurich 2018
James Dyson Award 2018
Switzerlands Winner of the James Dyson Award 2018
Award for Excellent Business Pitch
University of Zurich Innovators Camp 2018
Student Award 2018
Department Design at the Zurich University of the Arts
Young Researcher Award 2018
Institute for Design Research at the Zurich University of the Arts
«This project is directly touching the life of disabled people in Kenya. We really need it and we very much welcome you.»
Thadius Mogendi, Chairman of the Lake Naivasha Disability Environmental Group