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‘ plastic’ is used to describe a number of polymers with different properties and uses
the plastic bottle
water bottles are typically made of PET or polyethylene terephthalate which constitutes 44% of all bottles produced
bottles fabricated through blow molding or injection molding to create different shapes
the plastic bottle
bottled water is the fastest growing beverage industry in the world increasing 500% in the last decade
1.5 million tons of plastic are used to bottle water every year
3.5% of all plastics generated is recycled (34% paper, 22% glass, 30% metals)
most plastic products that have been recycled cannot be recycled more than 6 times
it requires 20000 plastic bottles to recycle 1 ton of plastic
plastics account for 6% of household waste in UK
when compared to creating virgin plastics, recycling helps:
conserve non -renewable fuels and energy
reduce solid wastes
reduce emissions of CO 2 and nitrogen oxide
reuse & rethink
the plastic bottle has a lifespan of 6 or 7 generations.
rethinking and reusing these objects seems to be the more eco - friendly, long term solution.
current products there are some products out there currently that take old PET bottles and reuse them in very different ways, such as fleece, carpet, bottle boats, and bird feeders to name a few…
many different materials were explored, such as wax and gummy bears. the forms were molded over used plastic water bottles.
the wax was found to be too brittle and the candy too soft for a long-term vessel.
the previous explorations directed the project towards the plastic water bottle.
not only is there an environmental need to rethink the use of this waste product, but the bottle provided a simple and sturdy structure from which to build.
final product rethink and reuse
the creation of a product which both reduces solid waste and stimulates awareness of wasteful objects and practices. education is the key to change . concept
extracting virgin plastics consumes more energy and produces more toxic by - products than recycling or reusing plastic 9 billion plastic bottles are produced annually in the US – 2/3 end up in land fills recycling of plastic PET bottles can only occur for 6 or 7 generations most consumers have not learned proper recycling practices nor have attractive, eco -friendly choices for reusing waste issues
the product would be sold at retailers that market
eco - friendly
products. the internet and smaller eco – conscious boutiques are also likely retailers.
jeni has jumped on the bottled water bandwagon. the bottles are so convenient , inexpensive , and everywhere . however, with such a habit, jeni is left with mounds of empty bottles collecting in her room. she knows the plastic is incredibly wasteful so she doesn’t want to throw them in the trash. what is she to do?
sustainable stackable mass producible educational functional aesthetically pleasing design
process used bottles cutting bottles melting drinking edge
the vita family encompasses a variety of different products:
an informational cd accompanies each vita product about being green. family
vitacup reuses old plastic bottles that can no longer be recycled which helps reduce waste accumulation. the bottles are treated with a protective, anti -bacterial coat and polished for long term use. the screw cap allows for easy cleaning and dispensing excess liquid. stacking is a cinch either on their own or in the vitabag for people on the go. cup
educate all vita products are accompanied by an informational cd. the contents of the cd include further information on the vita product line and inspirations, recycling how to’s, the environmental impact, and other products reusing PET bottles today. in this way, vita hopes to promote an eco - friendly lifestyle and eco – smart society.
multipurpose many uses, many functions, many settings. vita has been used at cafes, restaurants, and for people on the go. use your imagination, a cup is where vita begins but not where it ends.
currently, vita is focused on reusing bottle tops. however, we are also looking into ways of reusing the rest of the bottle.
we also plan to investigate other avenues of reuse design beyond the water bottle.