What should designers bear in mind when working with bioplastics if they wish to avoid sending plastic down its current one-way street? After all, labels such as biodegradable, compostable or recyclable are no guarantee that such materials will actually continue to circulate. Good design is only part of the story. There is also a need for appropriate business models, efficient return and recycling structures, and networks that bring together all participants in order to ensure that the materials used are made into new components and products instead of being discarded.
Bioplastics: Design for Cyclability
Design students at Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design, Halle, have set themselves this challenge. Through projects using bacterial cellulose, chicken feathers and chitosan, as well as biobased PHB and PLA polymers, they are committed to developing realistic, future-oriented, effective concepts for recyclable products: Design for Cyclability.
Semester project Complex Design, Winter semester 2020/21 Prof. Mareike Gast and Karl Schikora. From 3rd year of study Bachelor From 1rd year of study Master
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