Embassy of Rethinking Plastic

With Rethinking Plastic, Yksi Expo shows in a surprising and stimulating way how we can look at and deal with plastic, the world’s most maligned material, differently. As an originally cheap material, it is easily discarded. With all its consequences. It is high time to change our view on plastics and how to deal with them differently. Designers play a crucial role in this necessary change.

The urgency of plastic as an environmental problem is clear, but at the same time, a world without plastic is hardly imaginable. Designers are developing alternatives. Think of products that last longer, are easier to separate and therefore more recyclable. Or, for example, systems that enable us to collect plastic in a meaningful way, reuse it and upcycle it into new products. But they also help to create (emotional) value in products so that users start to experience plastic differently. 

Through continuously changing exhibitions, lectures and workshops, the Embassy in 2022 will be addressing the entire chain. Under Rethinking Plastic Academy, students from various design courses, such as SintLucas College Eindhoven/Boxtel, Minerva Groningen and L’École de design Nantes, are working on the topic of plastics.

During Dutch Design Week 2022, the Embassy takes you along the material’s many possibilities. From naturally dyed bio-textiles to 3D printed furniture based on residues from drinking water production and sewage treatment. And from acoustic panels to material research resulting in algae-based packaging material base. In addition, participants and partners such as Brightlands, Packadore, and Green Award will show how they are addressing the theme of Rethinking Plastic in their own way.

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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.

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WDE Spotligh: Omlab

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Working with nature as an answer to the ‘plastic problem’

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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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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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