Tag: "recycling"

Recycling plastic and rubber waste to build houses in Colombia

The plastic waste they recycle is melted and poured into a mould to produce plastic blocks that work like Lego pieces, allowing whole communities and families to play a part in the easy constructing of their own homes.

WASARA, made out of bamboo and bagasse

WASARA was born from a desire to design tableware that perfectly complements the dishes you serve and creates a heartwarming and comfortable setting, even though it can only be used once.

Reuse of plastic bottles. Pet lamps by Alvaro Catalán de Ocón

In the Summer of 2011, on a visit to Colombia, he was invited to form part of an attractive project focussed on the reuse of plastic bottles PET. Hélène Le Drogou, psychologist and activist concerned with the plastic waste that contaminates the Colombian Amazon, invited to give his point of view as an industrial designer on this problem.

As part of a group of creatives involved in this project, he could see that the pollution generated by the plastic bottles that we use every day is a problem that affects us on a global level. It was because of this that he decided to develop a project that would provide answers, from a design viewpoint, to this global issue.

Landfill Harmonic, The Recycled Orchestra.

Landfill Harmonic is an upcoming feature-length documentary about a remarkable orchestra from a remote village in Paraguay, where its young musicians play with instruments. About people, transforming trash into music, about love, courage and creativity.

The Polyfloss Factory

The Polyfloss factory processes plastic waste, typically polypropylene, into a new raw material they call Polyfloss. Polyfloss allows them to design and manufacture new plastic products without expensive or complicated manufacturing techniques such as injection molding. These products have unique properties, most notably thermal or acoustic insulation and the ability to be a multi-structured.

Short Circuit by Gaspard Tiné-Berès

Cheap household appliances such as kettles, coffee makers or toasters, are typical of goods that are thrown away while in perfect working order. But, even when damaged, the electrical components unlike the casing are easily fixable; therefore, landfill sites are increasingly becoming sources of viable and perfectly working complex electrical and electronic components. Moreover, these same components represent a major waste problem, due to their composite and toxic nature.

Trace, Recycling solar energy as ambient light by Gionata Gatto and Mike Thompson

Gionata Gatto of Studio Atuppertu and Mike Thompson combined photoluminescent pigments with polyurethane to make “Trace”. The outdoor lamp series convert waste energy into visible light.


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