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A cinderella story: plastic waste turned into design products

 

sorting plastic waste

Customer: Innolux, Merocap Oy, Oy All-Plast Ab
Origo keychain

 CHALLENGE

Even though plastic collected with mixed waste can be used for energy production, recycling it as material would be a more desirable alternative in terms of the environment and material economy. The aim of the project was to show that useful plastic fractions from municipal waste can be utilised for making design products and to increase awareness of environmental matters in young consumers.

 SOLUTION
  • Soiled, used grave candles were turned into high-standard plastic material, which was utilised for making a trial batch of Origo keyrings designed by Eero Aarnio.
  • 100% of the plastic parts originated from the plastic material collected from graveyards.
 BENEFIT
  • Sustainable development: the raw material consisted of used grave candles soiled by soot, paraffin and stearin
  • Environmental education: a school class sorted raw material and learned about recycling plastic
  • Skillful processing: VTT processed the plastic material mixture, Merocap and All-Plast performed the injection moulding and the idea generation and assembly of the design keyring was conducted by Innolux.
  • Creativity: DesignerEero Aarnio had designed the keychain.