Sustainability in focus of young designers
Since 1950 approx. 8.3 billion tons of plastics have been produced. According to plastic waste statistics 2017 each German is responsible for 37 kg plastics per year. Only approx. 50 % of plastic packaging flow in the recycling system, will be recycled and become new raw material. The rest will be just burnt. These facts are frightening.
Pupils of form 1 at the Technisches Gymnasium in Horb, Germany have dealed with these facts. In product design of section Gestaltung- und Medientechnik they concentrated on sustainability. Besides research of new materials and production processes the creative design processing plays an equal role. The results were products that lifecyle have been prolonged through second use or reuse like a skirt made of chocolate packaging. On the other hand completely new developed products like chips on personal identity documents and driving licenses that combines the functionality of all other cards reflect the intense and sensible confrontation with sustainability.
All created 34 products were presented during the opening exhibition on Friday, May 4th 2018 inside the school building. Key note speaker Tina Kammer was focused on the complex backgrounds regarding innovative, sustainable products for better indoor climate.