Welcome to
The Embassy of Rethinking Plastic

Plastic causes environmental problems, but it also has advantages. It’s not black or white. We have to think differently about plastic as a material and deal with it differently. Designers play a crucial role in that necessary change.

Plastic is considered a cheap material, which is why we quickly throw it away. With all its consequences. We now realize the urgency of plastic as an environmental problem, but at the same time it is hard to imagine a world without plastic. Think of applications in the medical field, in the field of electricity, in cars and aircrafts and in household appliances.

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

Yksi Expo will focus entirely on this theme until the end of 2022. With constantly changing exhibitions, lectures, workshops and film evenings, covering the entire chain. And under the name Rethinking Plastic Academy, students from various design courses will work on the subject of plastic.

From September 2020, also during Dutch Design Week 2020, the exhibition Rethinking Plastic at Yksi Expo will show many surprising examples. From leek waste for packaging lamb’s lettuce to mealworms that eat polystyrene foam and convert it into protein. From a fully circular bicycle made of plastic to a plastic-like material made from discarded egg and nut shells. And from beautiful vases made from cigarette filters to handcrafted PVC waste.

Rethinking Plastc is a collaboration of Yksi Connect, Yksi Expo, Searious Business and Dutch Design Foundation. With the support of Stichting Stokroos en Cultuur Eindhoven, Oerlemans Packaging Group, Moonen Packaging, Federation of the Dutch Rubber and Plastics Industry (NRK). Participants in the Rethinking Plastic Academy are: Koning Willem I College, Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design (Mafad) and Design Academy Eindhoven, Fontys Expertise Center for Circular Transition.

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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

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

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

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

Sarah Harbarth | KUORI

14 Oct 2020

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

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
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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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Announcement WDE 2020

14 Sep 2020

Partners of Embassy of Rethinking Plastic

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