World Design Capital 2016
After implementing the “Keep Trash Off the Ground” policy in 1996, Taipei now has a remarkable recycling rate of 56.4%. How can Taipei utilizes these “misplaced resources” and go from recycling to sustainability?
In the global linear system of “take, make, waste”, natural resources are rapidly consumed. Based on the core value of circular economy, E-Ti, REnato lab, and United Nations University-Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability worked together to combine service design, industrial design, and community based repair models to create a sustainable plan for Taipei.
Every story has an end, but in life, every ending is just a new beginning. This not only applies to humans, but also to products. In fact, some of us have already started building new technical cycles through recycle, repair, reuse, and share. Once the technical cycles are complete, we will no longer need to excessively extract from nature. The ecosystem will be able to carry on with little interference.
Under this principle, E-Ti and REnato lab uses e-waste and disposable cups as examples to talk about circular economy. The first has great value but little quantity, and the latter has little value but great quantity. The exhibition explores the possibility of a circular economy with these two very distinct materials.
The whole exhibition in World Design Capital 2016 was designed with the philosophy of “ending = beginning” by using three stages of the technical cycle: waste, raw material, and product. The concept is applied to both e-waste and disposable cups.
Exhibition 1: E-waste
3,705 laptops are used as the platform base of the exhibition and they are also the exhibition themselves (3,705 is the expected number of laptops to be recycled in Taiwan per day in 2016). Sitting on the platform are the displays of recover, recycle, redesign, usage, repair, and reuse. The topics are represented through different ways and styles. At the end of the exhibition, there is a reflective screen to symbolize the idea of the circular economy that loops materials round and round.
Exhibition 2: Disposable Cups
Every year, Taiwan uses 1.5 billion disposable cups. This is only one of many disposable items that people consume. This project focuses on disposable cups with the two topics of “recycle” and “reduce” to reflect on people’s relationships with these disposable products. For recycle, pipr created a module to adapt various situations when the cups are in use. It allows the the recycling process to collect more with lesser space needed while allowing for easy transport and process. As for reduce, the project presents an option that is between durable and disposable. The goal is to develop a cup that can be reused while keeping in mind the need to be economical and business friendly.
The whole exhibition aims to be zero waste. It utilized all kinds of materials including recycled, leftover, and reused waste. All in all, a material at any stage can be a brand new start in its circular life cycle.