As our cities keep growing, urban waste is becoming an increasing problem to which designers have sought to find the best solutions. To celebrate the World Industrial Design Day, we raise awareness for “doing more and better with less” by using waste and alternative materials as resources.
Here are new or re-purposed materials that could help us design a more sustainable future.
Hidden Beauty – Inner Skins by Gutedort
The use of untanned inner skins has been common until the late 20th century. The stable and impermeable animal bladder material served as a lightweight and stretchable container to transport liquids, cheese, tobacco or documents back in the time.
Nowadays, inner animal skins are usually considered as unappealing objects. This artist re-purposed these bull testicles to create unique and beautiful materials using an elaborate vegetable tanning process. It transforms the material into a stunning leather-like surface.
Plastic Stone Tiles by Enis Akiev
By combining post-consumer plastic wastes and geological components with artificial materials, these tiles are the result of how plastic waste is transformed to look like natural stone.
WasteLAB by Kohler
At Kohler, we are contributing to the circular economy and reducing landfills. We reuse, rethink and repurpose some materials from waste streams to create beautiful and thoughtful products. The WasteLAB tiles were made from pottery dry culls, spent foundry sands, waste glaze enamel powders, and foundry dust.
Read more about the Kohler WasteLAB here.