Through much research, data samples have been summed up and related to a real world design innovation.
There are many types of waste that humans produce organic waste being one of them. There are also lots of systems that we use to recycle some of that waste, but not enough. According to ‘The World Bank’ in 2012 we as a world produced 1.2 trillion kg of garbage and under 50% ended up in landfill. Even with all the organic waste collection companies that exist, perfectly good material is finding it’s way into landfill where it does nothing but take up space and destroy environments. Think about all the waste that is put in landfill or is left in the ocean and other environments. We as designers need to think of more creative ways of using waste not just organic waste as a medium and material.
Adidas have made the first steps of reusing materials. This is ultimately the best kind of waste saving and better than recycling.The material maybe reused, but inorder to do so requires lots of energy throughout the transformation process.
Adidas have done their research and realise the potential of illegal fishing nets confiscated from a poaching vessel off the coast of west Africa. While Adidas’ shoe is a prototype it coveys a strong message from a big company. This product not only reuses material. It successfully reuses material, which can become a hard thing to achieve. Lots of products that reuse material usually don’t appeal to the masses, which in a way makes the product a failure. An idea can be great, but it will only succeed if conveyed or expressed the right way. In the instance of the Adidas shoe, I think it is a great example of a product that can reuse a material and succeed in doing so. The product may not solve the problem of quick biodegradable plastic. However it cleverly uses already existing plastic that would have been used in landfill.
This example my not use organic waste but it conveys the type of creative thinking this project needs. I would love to experiment with organic materials and find a way of turning them into a product that people can use. This would be a nice idea coupled with a creative organic waste collection process sourced from around the UTS area or ultimately all over Sydney.
William Sandstrom, 11997943, Group 3