MaterialDistrict Expo: Rethinking Plastic!

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. Rethinking plastic means rethinking the way we use the resources available to us, as well as our production techniques.

These 150 materials 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.

See you in Eindhoven!