Plastic is everywhere, from packaging in the supermarket to flooring to your clothes. Unfortunately, everywhere includes our environment and oceans. With the devastating effects of plastic becoming more and more evident, it is time to rethink the way we use this material.
The 150 materials exhibited are meant to inspire new ways to look at what are generally considered to be waste materials, which offer a more sustainable alternative to virgin plastic. From the more obvious recycled plastic products to bioplastic made from corn starch, coffee grounds, or cow’s blood, and from packaging alternatives like leek paper to recyclable materials like glass for acoustic panels, these materials show that “waste” materials are an excellent resource for a variety of purposes as alternative to plastic. And if plastic is your only option? New production techniques like 3D printing offer a great way to reduce the amount of material needed.