Rethinking Plastic at Yksi Expo
ONE WEEK ABOUT Rethinking Plastic by curator Leonne Cuppen
Fashionable sunglasses made from coffee grounds, packaging material based on algae, crockery made from eggshells, or a seating object out of a material derived from waste flows from sewage and drinking water treatment, as strong as gypsum concrete. Designers are inventing more and more alternatives to plastic. On display at Yksi Expo till December 23 2022.
Plastic is considered a cheap material, which is why we quickly throw it away. With all its consequences. High time to look at plastic differently and deal with it differently. With that in mind, Yksi Expo started the Rethinking Plastic program in 2020, with constantly changing exhibitions, lectures and workshops. Designers play an important role in that desired turnaround, is the starting point. They can design in such a way that plastic products last longer and are easier to separate and therefore easier to recycle. They can also show how we can reuse plastic and upcycle it into products with new (emotional) value, so that we can experience plastic differently.
After more than two years of Rethinking Plastic, a shift is clearly visible. More and more designers are coming up with exciting and appealing alternatives to plastic. During Dutch Design Week 2022, Yksi Expo showed many designs and products made from renewable, compostable and biodegradable materials. Sometimes as a result of collaboration with nature, for example with bacteria.
Rethinking Plastic is a collaboration of Yksi Expo, Yksi Connect and Dutch Design Foundation and was realized with the support of Brightlands, Packadore, Urban Proof and FaberExposize.
As Embassy of Rethinking Plastic, Yksi Expo is part of the World Design Embassies, a program of the Dutch Design Foundation.
Exhibition ‘Rethinking Plastic’
Torenallee 22-04, Eindhoven
Until December 23, 2022