The Waste Lab invites designers and artists to create products out of waste
Through the Waste to Product initiative, we aim to change the perception around waste by showing locals and visitors that with creativity, waste can be upcycled into new high-quality functional design products.
Our first set of products are made out of the most abundant waste in the region: plastic. By using the plastic waste which is generated we are diverting waste that would otherwise end up in the waste pits into design products that will be bought by the visitors. On average a visitor is consuming 3 bottles of packaged water in a day. With this initiative, we are able to transform this waste into a souvenir which the visitor is able to buy and thereby removing the transformed waste from the region.
This is Waste to Product – a closed-loop cycle, a waste removal system where those who bring the waste can be part of the solution by purchasing an upcycled item made out of it.
Since 2015 our sister organization moware design has been creating utility products by introducing design to tackle the ever-increasing waste in Kathmandu Valley. Together with Blue Waste to Value they have upcycled and manufactured high-quality glass and paper products. Through upcycling we not only reduce the waste that is sent to the landfill but also prevent precious limited natural resources from being used as raw materials for production.
At Sagarmatha Next we decided to replicate this idea and asked moware design to create a range of products by using the most common type of waste in the area – plastic waste.
To design our first set of products, we collaborated with Super Local, a design studio based in the Netherlands that specializes in creating design products out of waste. They have worked in various countries, conducted extensive research, and create products that can be produced using limited technology by the locals. For Sagarmatha Next they have cleverly designed products that would be appealing to visitors as well as use the most abundant waste material i.e. plastic.
Our first range of products are made out of HDPE plastic. Plastic bottle caps are shredded and put through an injection moulding machine and upcycled into mani stones.
To produce these stones, moware design is organizing a workshop in September 2021 where they will be training five volunteers along with locals to produce this product.
The mani stones can be bought online through our website or at the shop by moware at Sagarmatha Next (Namche Bazaar) or the Taragaon Museum (Kathmandu Valley).
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