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Rethinking Plastic

Plastic is forever

thumbnail — © Filips Stanislavskis

Diamanten werden tot symbool van liefde en eeuwigheid gemaakt. Diamonds are forever. Als we alle negatieve effecten van plastic meetellen zou de prijs ook flink stijgen en zou plastic een symbool van luxe kunnen worden. Wat als we voortaan de slogan ‘plastic is forever’ gebruiken?

The single-use plastic industry is dependent on ‘externalizing’ the true costs of product production in order to keep the prices low. This has led to the mistreating of a very resilient material. What are the true costs of consuming throw-away plastics? The long life span and the constant increase in production, is already costing us the health of Earth and its inhabitants.

Plastic is not the only mistreated resource. The price of diamonds has skyrocketed only since the last century, thanks to a marketing strategy that made them a symbol of love and eternity. Its pseudo value is analogous to the artificially low price of throw-away plastics. Both are produced from resources extracted deep underground, which took millions of year to develop and both are going to be passed on for generations to come.

Internalizing the total environmental costs of playing with fossil fuels could make single-use plastics so expensive, that owning them would be considered an extravagance. If the famous slogan ‘diamond is forever’ changed the diamond industry, then this project attempts to turn throw-away plastics into a symbol of luxury, by spreading the maxim ‘plastic is forever'.

Plastic is not the only mistreated resource. The price of diamonds has skyrocketed only since the last century, thanks to a marketing strategy that made them a symbol of love and eternity. Its pseudo value is analogous to the artificially low price of throw-away plastics. Both are produced from resources extracted deep underground, which took millions of year to develop and both are going to be passed on for generations to come.

Internalizing the total environmental costs of playing with fossil fuels could make single-use plastics so expensive, that owning them would be considered an extravagance. If the famous slogan ‘diamond is forever’ changed the diamond industry, then this project attempts to turn throw-away plastics into a symbol of luxury, by spreading the maxim ‘plastic is forever'.

Over Filips Staņislavskis

Somewhere between speculative research, material experimentation and gesture creation, tools are made for critical self-reflection. Specialized in being a generalist and value-driven, Filips positions himself as an attitudinal designer always orbiting around the 'how'.

Installation view inside a bank safe — © Filips Stanislavskis

Advertising poster - Plastic is Forever — © Filips Stanislavskis

excerpt from research document — © Filips Stanislavskis

installation view