Recycle your attitude at Rio+20
highlighting the problem of plastic waste in our oceans
Firstly pierce the can on the straight part and cut off the top with sharp scissors or tin snips.
Then cut straight down length of can.
Lastly cut off bottom of can.
Now you have a sheet of 0.1mm aluminium, this particular can yielded 70mm x 180mm.
The Great Recovery is a project run by the RSA and supported by Innovate UK. It looks at the challenges of waste and the opportunities of a circular economy through the lens of design.Watch a short film about the Great Recovery Project.
The Remakery is a new co-operative workshop space for making things from materials that were destined for landfill. It not only provides a similar service to our Reuse Exchange (ie. a place for collecting materials which would otherwise be disposed of, for the purpose of reusing for new projects) but also provides space, tools and education to the local community to make things from the materials they’ve collected. From their site:
How it works – we provide affordable workspace and access to materials. Remakers – local residents, makers, artists and businesses – then use them to create products, enterprises and opportunities and develop new skills. Any profit is used to subsidise the Remakery social programmes and help those at a disadvantage in our community.
A great venture and something CCW students may want to explore or volunteer to help out with.
An interesting talk from David Cross (Reader at the UAL) which was part of the Debates in Enterprise & Sustainability series of talks from 2013.
David sees art practice as a way to resist the monoculture of thought. For him, the future depends on our ability to envision alternative possibilities, and to choose from amongst them as an act of free will.
There is a tension about generating work at art school while keeping sustainability in mind. We want to introduce a resource area within the Progression Centre where students can drop off old projects and excess materials, which are then broken down, sorted and placed in appropriate storage bays by students so they can be reused for new projects. The aim is to actively engage students in working responsibly and sustainably.
Initially, the Reuse space will be organised and then managed/monitored by a number of key members of technical staff with the support of the academic team to ensure it is run effectively.
We have created a place where students can, at the end of a project, bring their old work, which they will strip down and sort into components; those materials can then be used again by other students for different projects.
Students are aware of the concept of reusing and recycling but we want them to participate in a scheme where they can drop off excess materials or old projects that they take apart. Those materials will be sorted into bins (wood, metal, hinges, fabrics, papers, card etc.) so students in future works can reuse them.
We will also collect materials by donation to start the scheme off.
The resource needs to be closely supervised and constructively aligned with the three existing technical resource areas. Students would need to consult technicians or a member of the academic staff with regards to the use of appropriate material suitable to their project. Students can then source material in the material store during the controlled opening hours of the store. The students would have to reflect on their choice of materials in their logbooks.
The scheme will make the process of upcycling real and viable and will also hopefully introduce good practice for the future.