Embassy of Rethinking Plastic

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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.

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Plastic is considered a cheap material that is easily discarded of. 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 flowerpots 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 will present their works to a jury. The selected works will be on display at Yksi Expo during Dutch Design Week 2021.

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Programme

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Bart Vernooij | Flax On The Beach (FOBT)

13 Oct 2020

Bolon | Sustainable design flooring

13 Oct 2020

Bureau SLA, Overtreders W & Pretty Plastic | PrettyPlastic tiles

13 Oct 2020

Carolyn Raff Studio | An ocean full of opportunities

13 Oct 2020

Cloetta – Ellen Willink – Tas met een Boodschap

13 Oct 2020

Danny Haffel | Lentyl

13 Oct 2020

Dorian Renard | The Beauty of Distortion

13 Oct 2020

DutchFiets | The circular recyclable bicycle

13 Oct 2020

Emma Melki and Mathilde Cérès | Edible Insects Products

13 Oct 2020

Gundega Strauberga | Beachcombers

14 Oct 2020

Iris Bekkers | ReMask

14 Oct 2020

Jannis Kempkens | Circology

14 Oct 2020

Julie Bureau | Mâche

13 Oct 2020
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Kodai Iwamoto | PVC handblowing project

14 Oct 2020

La Gadoue | Upgrades

13 Oct 2020

Lucas Zito |Cancer vases

14 Oct 2020

Material District | Rethinking Plastic!

13 Oct 2020
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Mona Abusamra | New Culture

13 Oct 2020

Moonen Packaging | materials for this exhibition

13 Oct 2020

NRK and Plastic Europe Netherlands | Rethink

13 Oct 2020

Nuatan | crafting plastics studio

16 Oct 2020
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Object Density |The Good Egg

13 Oct 2020

Peter van de Water for Banne | Bloom lounge chair

13 Oct 2020

Plasticiet | Mother of Pearl

14 Oct 2020

Precious Plastic | The Ivory and The Diamond

14 Oct 2020

PyraSied Xtreme Acrylic | circular plexiglass

13 Oct 2020

Rania Elkalla | Shell Homage

13 Oct 2020

Sachi Tungare | Let’s (not) kick butt

13 Oct 2020
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Sarah Harbarth | KUORI

14 Oct 2020
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Sarmite Polakova | PineResin

14 Oct 2020

Save Plastics | Save Home

13 Oct 2020

Shahar Livne | Deep Time

16 Oct 2020

Sonia Bemelmans | Hint

14 Oct 2020

Soowon Chae | Plastigela

13 Oct 2020

Studio ePosh | From Junk to Jewelry

13 Oct 2020
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Studio laVina | Krapiva Zhguchaya (Stinging Nettle)

13 Oct 2020

TAGO | T|G sensible

13 Oct 2020

The New Raw | Pots Plus

14 Oct 2020

TNO | Torwash

13 Oct 2020

TU/ecomotive | Luca

13 Oct 2020

Past events

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

14 Jun 2021
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Traveling expo Rethinking Plastic

31 May 2021
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Meet the makers at Embassy of Rethinking Plastic

26 Oct 2020
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Mussel shells and water bottles? How small things can change an entire industry

9 Oct 2020
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Dealing with plastic differently, we have to and it is possible

23 Sep 2020

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