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During the Sustainable Products Talk we focus on glass. Widely advertised as a better choice than plastics, but really how sustainable is glass?

DDW Talks: Sustainable Products

A mountain of glass waste, Pilkington factory, UK
Christoph Dichmann & Elissa Brunato

Design is partly to blame for an over-abundance of products in our lives, but it can also offer a solution. Could sustainable materials help us build a better future? And what makes a product sustainable?

During this year's edition of the Sustainable Products Talk we focus on glass: from both a material, product and consumer stand point, and invite you for a one hour TV show to delve into the life cycles of glass, its ever more scarce component sand, and our relationship to it. Widely advertised as a better choice than plastics, but really how sustainable is glass?

We come across glass at all hours of the day. From the first rays of sunshine through the window in the morning, via glasses of water, the screens of our mobile phones, to a bottle of wine over dinner. How can industry keep its production up to reach these high production volumes? Do we know the life cycle of glass products? And how do designers and companies account for the end of life of glass?

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The Sustainable Products Talk is collaboration of DDW and content partner the New Material Award. After 10 years of engaging in material design the New Material Award has come to end. As content partner they share the Award’s many insights and the (material) expertise in relation to innovation and product design. The New Material Award is a collaboration of Fonds Kwadraat, Stichting DOEN and Het Nieuwe Instituut.

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