The New Raw – plastic / Syros.
“The New Raw-plastic” is a hands-on workshop that investigates the capacity of digital fabrication techniques to provide a sustainable solution to plastic pollution. The first workshop took place in September 2015 in the Greek island of Syros. It investigated how 3d printing can be a catalyst in areas of high insularity by turning their plastic waste into raw material for cultural entrepreneurship.
During the workshop , 27 participants from the fields of industrial design, architecture, fine arts and environmentalism spent a week in which they observed and experienced the local conditions of plastic waste treatment in the island . The participants recycled on site plastic waste with the use of Perpetual Plastic Project and were introduced to the production technique of 3D printing and circular economy methodologies. At the end, they produced 5 design and business concepts that made use of Refil ( 3d printing filament made from discarded PET water bottles ).