The growing waste produced, particularly in urban areas, represent a cost for society and a burden on the environment. Yet today, more than ever this “waste field” is being tapped in by creatives from all over the world, and turned into a valuable stock of resources that can be exploited, for the better.
One of these new projects is called “Energy Artefacts.”
Energy Artifacts is collaboration between TED textile company and the Chelsea College of Art and Design, whom made a collection of objects while undergoing a sustainable process.
For the collection they have used all sorts of waste materials such as, wood shavings, plastic utensils, construction rope, cardboard, broken wires, plastic bottles, as well as unexpected items like chalk, soil and tea to come up with a different surface appearance.
Each object was made with waste issues in mind; using recycled containers as moulds, and using waste within the moulds, thus extending the life of more waste materials. The designer left these objects as exploratory objects, suggestions for bigger ideas that can be carried out in future work.
The second part of the collection is about ‘preserving nature’ and gives the items a sense of function. The idea is to fully encapsulate the title ‘Energy Artefacts’ and give these objects a sense of purpose.
Here, each object is made of herbs, tea or flowers that give the user the life-affirming benefits of what it’s made with. For example, a vessel made with lotus tea that can have a calming and stress relieving effect on it’s user.
As consumers are starting to demand environmentally friendlier goods and services produced by socially responsible companies, adopting an urban metabolism perspective, such as the “Energy Artifact” project, could open ways for innovative, systemic approaches, involving the analysis of resource flows within cities.
Developing and demonstrating such solutions in real-life environments will enhance their market uptake and contribute to sustainable urbanization worldwide.