designer's own words:
Truly Yours [true-re-use]
The fact that we generate lots of trash, is no surprise to anyone. Surprising part is to learn how much. Very small percentage of produced plastic really gets recycled. It is #1 and #2 resins, and those are mostly down cycled. Most consumers are not aware of the impact of landfills. While in some places recycling is enforced by law, in others it is a choice, and thus need for education of the general public is a major struggle to overcome. "Truly Yours" system allows recovery circle to become much smaller. Instead of recycling plastics through the conventional system, consumer uses it for production of the new item without re-processing. There are two stages in making of these products:
1. Manufacturer would supply the design, basic parts and detailed instructions. 2. Consumer collects all required materials (ideally non-recyclable) and completes the assembly.
"Fill It" furniture is another example of Truly Yours. It also would be made by the consumer from his/hers own trash. It comes as a "skin" similar to the inflatables, with a difference, that it is filled with mixed plastics instead of air. It consists of small "receptacles" that could be placed next to the trashcan. It would be filled with small plastic refuse like plastic bags, bottle caps, toy and candy wrappers, and all kind of stuff that otherwise would end up on a landfill. "Receptacles" could be made of 100% post consumer HDPE fused with mesh. When all units are filled to the desired density they are assembled to the final piece of furniture. Those units create a honeycomb structure that helps to keep the shape. Optional padded slipcover will fit over each piece. The shape of the "skin" determines the shape of the final design, so potentially many geometric or organic shapes could be developed to suit variety of needs. Proposed shapes are modular pieces designed to be assembled with strapping through the openings. L shaped pieces could be used to create back and arm support. They are also attached with strapping. To take this idea in to yet another level, the system could be developed where the" skin" part produced at manufacturing facilities and shipped flat to the distribution centers. At those centers, they would be filled with locally collected grounded-up mixed plastics #3 and up. There is currently no market for those mixed plastics, and they are not collected for recycling in most places. By creating the need for those materials, we can make real positive impact in our communities.
Truly Yours will not only save energy, recourses and eliminate need of disposal and reprocessing of materials, it will give people the opportunity to see the results of their efforts and positive impact on their own community. It is like creating one's own landfill and keeping it at home. This visual reminder of the amount of trash we generate should turn us all into more responsible consumers.
Truly Yours, [true-re-use]