Sustainability has historically focused on reducing consumption, but the growing realization that the need for the ‘new’ is far from being satisfied is leading to a shift in the way high-quality, low-cost things are designed. The reassessment of the life cycle processes of the consumer goods we have already created formed the basis of this project.
The concept of throwing away doesn’t exist. An article that is no longer used does not disappear; Instead, it makes the place where it ends, such as B. a landfill or a river, uninhabitable. There is no concept like “throw away”. Our insatiable desire for inexpensive goods, fast-moving fashion and fast-moving consumer goods contributes significantly to the accumulation of waste in landfills. Over 288 million tonnes of plastic are produced worldwide every year and around a third of the world’s plastic is used to make packaging, the majority of which is discarded after use. How can we design things that generate less waste, have the potential to regenerate themselves, and make a positive contribution to our planet’s ecosystem?
Designer – Shreya Thakkar
A deeper investigation of the alternative frequency is required.
We have depended on the same natural resources for many generations and have cultivated and mined them almost to the point of exhaustion to meet our needs. We are pursuing inventive ways to create naturally resilient crops for a range of uses as they come to the fore as an alternative to sustainable resources. Mycelium, pine fiber, cork, and seaweed twine are some of the options that can be used.
For the purposes of this research, Shreya Thakkar chose to use user-centric short-term measures coupled with bio-centric long-term metrics. She studied how cork is obtained at its source and how blocks are made for use to learn more about its properties. The circular approach begins with sourcing the raw material, continues with manufacturing, followed by transportation, and then moves on to alternative uses of the product after it has been used, in addition to repair and recycling so that it can become a raw material for his next life.
Zilch is a seating category that can be used both indoors and outdoors, making it an excellent choice for use in waiting rooms and breakout areas. Cork is a renewable resource that biodegrades without leaving any harmful residues and is easily recyclable. Due to the high coefficient of friction, it will gradually deform over time, and sitting will become less comfortable over time. All traces of zilch can be removed from the soil by recycling the aluminum legs and reusing the cork seats as planters instead of throwing them away.
Shreya’s profession is based on advocating for and designing solutions to societal problems such as the homeless crisis, employment equity and creating stable conditions for health systems. Her specialty as a design researcher is to identify human-centric insights and transform those insights into meaningful opportunities for design and innovation.
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