Embassy of Rethinking Plastic

Embassy of Rethinking Plastic

Plastic causes environmental problems, but the material also has its advantages. It’s not black or white. We must think differently about plastic and reconsider the way we are accustomed to treat it. Designers play a crucial role in that necessary change.

Plastic is considered a cheap material that is easily discarded. With all its consequences. We currently realise the urgency of plastic as the cause of an environmental problem, but at the same time, it is hard to imagine a world without it. For example, think of applications in the medical field, in the field of electricity, in cars and aircrafts and in household appliances.

Designers can show us how to look at plastic differently. By developing alternatives. By designing plastic products that are longer-lasting, easier to separate and therefore easier to recycle. By devising methods and systems to collect plastic in a meaningful way. By reusing and upcycling plastic in new products. And, certainly, also when it comes to creating (emotional) value so that users experience plastic products differently.

In a surprising and stimulating way, the Embassy of Rethinking Plastic shows the possibilities related to plastic, how to deal with it differently, and what kind of alternatives there are. Think of lampshades made from agricultural waste, plastic-like material based on human hair, and flower pots made from recycled bottle caps fished from the Amsterdam canals.

In addition to changing exhibitions, lectures and workshops, Yksi Expo and the Embassy of Rethinking Plastic have initiated the Rethinking Plastic Academy, an in-depth programme for design students. Twelve Media Art & Performance students from Koning Willem I College (Den Bosch) have joined, as well as seven excellent students from SintLucas (Boxtel/Eindhoven). On June 18, they presented their works to a jury. The selected works were displayed at Yksi Expo during Dutch Design Week 2021.\

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Leonne Cuppen

Leonne Cuppen studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven and immediately after graduating in 1990 she started a design agency for furniture and interior design and the Yksi Expo foundation, a platform to promote sustainable and circular design. She was one of the initiators of what is now Dutch Design Week, where she is a member of the advisory board. In 2007 she founded the Designhuis Eindhoven together with Lidewij Edelkoort and the municipality of Eindhoven. In addition, Leonne curates designs and realizes exhibitions that can be seen in other places in the world, from Beijing to Barcelona and from Moscow to Madrid.

Programme

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Jessica den Hartog | Remade Textiles

9 Oct 2021

Jessica den Hartog and Michelle Baggerman |Chrysalis

10 Oct 2021
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Ferencz Borbala | The Return of the Shreds

11 Jan 2022

Pauline Motel | Eggshell Waste

9 Oct 2021

Lucie Marecaille | Lacto-Fermentation & local supplain chain

9 Oct 2021

Léa Jottreau | Terre de Muscadet

9 Oct 2021

Elho | Pure Grass & Greenest Canals Pot

10 Oct 2021

Urban Proof | Bicycle accessories

9 Oct 2021

Filip Stanislavskis | Plastic is forever

14 Oct 2021

BE O Lifestyle | BE O bottle

9 Oct 2021

Bureau SLA, Overtreders W & Pretty Plastic | PrettyPlastic tiles

9 Oct 2021

Save Plastics | Save Home

13 Oct 2021

Lionne van Deursen | Biotic

9 Oct 2021

Anne-Marie Sust | Why Colours Matter

10 Oct 2021

Lilian van Daal | Radiolaria #1

9 Oct 2021

Tjeerd Veenhoven | Algaefabrics

11 Jan 2022

Agne Kucerenkaite | Amber Waste is Bliss

9 Oct 2021
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Fairf | plantbased paint

10 Oct 2021

Studio Maglov | Valja

9 Oct 2021

Studio High Society | Agriluma

9 Oct 2021

Cinzia Ferrarri | CyanoFabbrica

10 Oct 2021

Lio Huntjens | Food for packaging

9 Oct 2021

Rollo Bryant | Urban Stem

14 Oct 2021

Daan Veerman | Digital Craft

9 Oct 2021

Phillipp Pals | Guilty Power Structures

9 Oct 2021

Stokroos project | Assignment five young designers

9 Oct 2021

Packadore | Brains that buy green

9 Oct 2021

Brightlands | Rethinking Plastic House

10 Oct 2021

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Rethinking Plastic in Yksi Expo

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WDE Spotlight: Lio Huntjens

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Retrospective 2021: Embassy of Rethinking Plastic

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Having breakfast together to see plastic differently

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Curator Tour: Dive into the worlds of plastics with Leonne Cuppen

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Embassy of Rethinking Plastic at DDW

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WDE Spotlight: Michelle Baggerman & Jessica den Hartog

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Seeing plastic as an opportunity at the Embassy of Rethinking Plastic

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This is what the Embassies will present at Dutch Design Week

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Visit the expo ‘Art and New Materials’ in De Domijnen

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Traveling expo Rethinking Plastic

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Retrospective 2020: Embassy of Rethinking Plastic

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Meet the makers at Embassy of Rethinking Plastic

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Mussel shells and water bottles? How small things can change an entire industry

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Dealing with plastic differently, we have to and it is possible

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