From the research gathered and based from my own interests of reusing materials to make new materials; I would love to explore the idea of making a product from organic waste that humans throw out in everyday life. UTS has a large campus and lots of organic waste is thrown into the bins.
Separate bins for only organic waste placed next to ordinary bins with clever eye catching graphics to instantly capture people’s eye as they throw something away. The graphics would communicate a message through either words or visuals in a short time span. In order to tell the person this is a bin for only organic waste and to tell them what the end product could become. The bins would need to be gathered daily to a collection spot where further filtration would occur. This filtration would act as a second measure to make sure there is no other waste than organic waste in the collection. Alternatively, the bins could be very clear in a way that the user knows only to throw organic waste in. Part of this comes to how educated the user is and whether they know what organic waste is.
The first stage of the manufacturing process would be to grind the waste into one form. Whether that results in a paste or fine particles wouldn’t matter. The end result would have to be mixed with some kind of natural organic hardening agent like wax or natural resin and glue in order to bind the result together. This could then be pressed using heat or pressure to form a material. The newly formed material would then be used for a product. The product is an unknown at this stage. It could be some kind of furniture, personal item or material for use from external brands and companies.
Depending on what gets put in the bin each day might result in unique materials creating an unknown individual item each time. The product could be dyed using other collected organic liquids by squeezing oils out of the organic waste. Some fruits and plants have strong natural dyes that would work beautifully; for example, oranges.
The product might smell due to the fact that it is made from waste so drying out the end result in the sun or by infusing spices or other organic flavours might counteract the smell with nice odours.
This process is similar to products from previous posts.However, this differs by using household waste that everyone has access to. The end result might be in the form of instructions for users to make their own material at home by using their own waste. This could be quite a clever and engaging experience. We could provide instructions for a product or the user could alternatively have attempts at creating their own. Once a material is created with flexible qualities, the possibilities are endless with what you can do. The outcome would need to look refined similar to Marjan Van Aubel and Jamie Shaw’s ‘Well Proven Chair’ made from bio-resin,wood chips and water. Another example of organic waste converted into a product.
The product would have to be tested by how well and fast it biodegrades. Burying it in garden as a form of food for worms, insects and plants would be a good indicator of how adaptable the material is.
William Sandstrom, 11997943, Group C
Rca Collective mmxii,Well Proven Chair, Published October 11 2012, Image, https://rcacollective2012.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/well-proven-chair/
Marian Van Aubel, Well Proven Chair, 2012, viewed on 13th June 2016, Website, http://www.marjanvanaubel.com/work/well-proven/