Design Students Use Art to Reimagine Plastic Recycling

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A few London design students at the London Royal College of Art were given a challenge: they had to take plastic that would most likely end up in the landfill, then they had to turn it into a new raw material using as little energy as possible.

Some of the students excelled in turning plastic into train car-seat covers, sound insulation, art pieces, lamps, and more.

A partnership between the London-based industrial design firm PriestmanGoode and the College’s MA in textiles program, the competition was called Precious Waste, highlighting the remaining usefulness in so many of the materials we throw away.
“The students were free to consider how their new materials, surface finishes, or textures could be used in different environments, whether in retail spaces, restaurants, hotels, or transport environments,” the presentation website reads.
“The students tackled the brief in the most difficult times with great enthusiasm and passion, addressing one of the biggest challenges of our time and creating beautifully handcrafted solutions.”

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