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Plastic + packaging

As part of the OpenIDEO Circular Design Challenge, we ran a number of workshops in York to discuss how can shift away from a linear economy to a circular economy.

A number of unexpected things came out of the discussions. Firstly, that teabags are coated in plastics and that waxed lemons are as well. Secondly, that there are 8 main plastics used in the packaging industry with 350 polymers that are created. We are stuck in a plastic rut that is forced upon us by the plastic suppliers who want us to by ‘virgin’ materials. We are hoping that we can develop ideas throughout this challenge over the coming months.

A big thank you to Your Bike Shed for hosting us, and Carlos Rego from Logoplaste Innovation Labs for speaking with us about his work in packaging design + innovation. Keep us the amazing work, Carlos!

How does nature manufacture?

Much of our work in the past year has been investigating how the natural world manufactures. Working with Heriot-Watt University we are developing workshops for industry to tackle the pressing issues faced with manufacturing innovation in the 21st century. For a flavour of the work, this TEDx Heriot-Watt University talk by Prof. Marc Desmulliez introduces his work as the lead of the Nature Inspired Manufacturing Centre.

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