the new raw plastic workshop in syros investigates sustainable solutions to plastic pollution




‘the new raw plastic’ is a hands-on design workshop that investigates the capacity of digital fabrication techniques to provide a sustainable solution to plastic pollution. the first program took place in september 2015 in the greek island of syros. the one week project investigated how 3D printing can be a catalyst in areas of high insularity by turning plastic waste into raw material for cultural entrepreneurship.

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participants involved in the workshop recycled on site plastic waste




each summer, thousands of people around the world travel to greek islands to spend their summer vacations. the population of these small islands instantly increases by 300%, which is much higher than the average they are normally accustomed to. people bring plastic waste which is sometimes collected and shipped back to the central recycling facility in athens, but in most cases it stays on the island and pollutes the beautiful beaches and natural environment.

the new raw plastic workshop syros greece
‘missing part’ – a construction material for building cracks




‘the new raw plastic’ invited 27 participants from the fields of industrial design, architecture, fine arts and environmentalism to observe and experience the local conditions of plastic waste treatment in the greek island of syros. the participants recycled on site plastic waste and were introduced to the production technique of 3D printing and circular economy methodologies. at the end, they produced five design and business concepts that made use of the discarded PET water bottles as a raw material for 3D printing.

the new raw plastic workshop syros greece
‘PET for pets’ – 3D printed house concept for the expanding population of stray cats on the island

the new raw plastic workshop syros greece
‘bottle up’ – a recycling system which rewards children with a personal piece from a large 3D printed puzzle

the new raw plastic workshop syros greece
‘re_stool’ – compresses plastic waste by using the energy of the simple everyday action of sitting

the new raw plastic recyclable workshop syros greece
ReCYCLAD3D – 3D cinema glasses made from recycled plastic materials

the new raw plastic recyclable workshop syros greece
extrusions of recycled plastic cups

the new raw plastic recyclable workshop syros greece
3d printing with recycled bottle caps




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edited by: hollie smith | designboom

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