Toward Zero Waste Production
Toward Zero Waste Production encompasses the notion of circular economy, which is to recycle and reuse materials that are still useful and to prevent, as much as possible, ending up in landfill. To introduce this concept to the general public, the project seeks to create a process that invites users to recycle plastic and then to, assist them to convert plastic back into a raw material that can be used to make new products, in this case eyewear frames.
During the project, tools were developed that help users to achieve the fundamental steps of recycling plastic such as shredding, melting plastic and injecting the plastic into the eyewear mould. Participants in the process started by collecting common and easily obtainable materials, such as HDPE, that can be collected from milk bottles or water bottle lids.
One of the aims of the project was to relocate the machines from an industrial context to a consumer one, by making them affordable to access with a simple user interface for easy operation that encourages people to bring recycle as part of daily life. Although the main idea is to minimise waste or to test ideas about zero waste production in manufacturing and product lifecycle, the project also has the potential to generate useful product for eyewear users, and, with applications of different moulds, the process could also allow users to create various products by themselves and to share the sense of achievement that can come from this type of engagement.