From alarm clock to electric kettle, from iPad to bicycle and from car to television: there is no sector in which the progress of innovation is so massive and so visible as in the products we use every day. Products are replaced by newer versions with tremendous speed, which creates a surplus of waste. This means we need to reconsider the design process, material application and the use of new raw materials and processes.

The circular ladder shows us that products and materials should be kept in circulation for as long as possible through upcycling and recycling, on product level or material level, to be sustainable. This leads to furniture made of recognisable packaging material, materials from recycled PET bottles, reused wood, glass, metal, and plastics. The innovation of bioplastics is huge, made of waste streams of cheese, milk, grease, weeds, manure, and other unexpected sources. Nanotechnology, smart materials, interactive materials that use sensors, material reduction, digital production processes and user friendliness are also topical themes; the products and materials of the future are becoming increasingly smarter.

Our Products ambassador

Anouk Groen, director of RNA Design, is the ambassador of the sector Products. She is a trend forecaster, specialised in colour, material and finish design (CMF). With degrees in Product Design (Art Center) and Marketing Management, she focuses not only about the forecasting of colour and design, but also about finding the source of the trend and telling the story that goes with it, and why it is important. Groen’s presentations are useful for any industry that creates products that need to be updated regularly. She is currently consulting in the fields of automotive, telecommunications, audio visual and interior.

 

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Special Items

A small selection of what you can expect:

Industrial Craft

For this project, Charlotte Kidger used plastic waste from CNC fabrication. The Styrofoam dust that is produced in large quantities with this process is processed to a composite material, which can be cast in 3D moulds.

Loliware

The company Loliware produces edible alternatives to single-use plastic products. The material is made from seaweed and is available with or without flavor. Currently, Loliware offers edible cups and straws. A cup contains around 135 calories. If you are on a diet, no worries, the cup is biodegradable like a banana peel.

Materials

A small selection of what you can expect:

Casper Cloaking Technology

Casper Cloaking Technology is an architectural film for glass walls that obscures light transmitted by digital screens. Anyone looking into the room from the outside sees just a black screen, while everyone inside the room can work with full privacy even with glass walls.

Ecopixel

ECOPIXEL is made from waste plastic. As the initial pigments don’t mix, the material results in a distinctive pixelated appearance. Composed of 100% Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE) that melts at 120°C, the material can be used an infinite number of times without altering its properties.

Merdacotta

These ceramics, called Merdacotta, are made from cow dung and clay. Merdacotta consists for the most part of dried cow dung, mixed with Tuscan clay, straw and farm waste, in variable quantities. The methane and urea, which is what makes poo smell, are extracted, making the dung odourless.

Ceramic foam filters

These ceramic foam filters are designed for mould-casting metal. Thanks to the mechanism of creation of the “filter cake” on the inlet filter side and thanks to depth filtration inside the ceramic matrix, these ceramic foam filters are an effective instrument to reach metallurgical purity of molten metal during the process of casting.

Vibers

Vibers is a 100% biodegradable starch-based biopolymer made from locally produced materials and reinforced with sustainably cultivated Miscanthus. The material is suitable for injection moulding.