What do a pair of shorts, a floor lamp and a fruit basket have in common? They're all made from plastic
Coca-Cola recently challenged a group of 16 international students from the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture to put 2,000
With this project,
The future of plastic
The students let their imaginations run wild, resulting in a host of creative products and uses of materials. Some turned melted plastics into thin, cloth-like fabrics. Other creations included a floor lamp, a seat cover, a room divider a pair of shorts and a t-shirt, all made entirely from plastic. A few students were even inspired to create a musical sound track — "the sound of plastics" — with an accompanying video installation.
Anna van der Lei, university lecturer contemporary design at Aalto University, says: "These creations show the infinite possibilities of plastic if you put your mind to it. This course has been a celebration of creativity, with
Talking about the course and the potential for the circular economy, Ulrike Sapiro, director of sustainability for
The students' learnings are compiled into a collective library. This open-source booklet illustrates 100 sample uses of recycled plastic, with descriptions of the methods and tools used. It is aimed to serve as a source of inspiration for future students, and the cover is made from
The students' work was on display Sept. 11-17 during Helsinki Design Week.