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Karen Wei Vita Process Final


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Karen Wei
Parsons Product Design Summer Intensive Course
Summer 2004
Recycled Bottles Product Design

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Karen Wei Vita Process Final

  1. 1. product design parsons school of design summer 2004 karen wei
  2. 2. sustainable design <ul><li>products and services that have been designed to cause less harm to the environment </li></ul>
  3. 3. sustainable materials paper cork veneer cornstarch bamboo recycled products flax straw clay polyurethane foam recycled polythene natural rubber silicone coconut fibers cotton hemp jute kevlar polyester fleece soybean composites mdf felt live plants degradable materials water powered wind powered solar powered food beeswax … and the list goes on
  4. 4. plastic and uses <ul><li>‘ plastic’ is used to describe a number of polymers with different properties and uses </li></ul>
  5. 5. the plastic bottle <ul><li>water bottles are typically made of PET or polyethylene terephthalate which constitutes 44% of all bottles produced </li></ul><ul><li>bottles fabricated through blow molding or injection molding to create different shapes </li></ul>
  6. 6. the plastic bottle <ul><li>bottled water is the fastest growing beverage industry in the world increasing 500% in the last decade </li></ul><ul><li>1.5 million tons of plastic are used to bottle water every year </li></ul><ul><li>3.5% of all plastics generated is recycled (34% paper, 22% glass, 30% metals) </li></ul><ul><li>most plastic products that have been recycled cannot be recycled more than 6 times </li></ul><ul><li>it requires 20000 plastic bottles to recycle 1 ton of plastic </li></ul><ul><li>plastics account for 6% of household waste in UK </li></ul>
  7. 7. why recycle? <ul><li>when compared to creating virgin plastics, recycling helps: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>conserve non -renewable fuels and energy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>reduce solid wastes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>reduce emissions of CO 2 and nitrogen oxide </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. reuse & rethink <ul><li>the plastic bottle has a lifespan of 6 or 7 generations. </li></ul><ul><li>rethinking and reusing these objects seems to be the more eco - friendly, long term solution. </li></ul>
  9. 9. 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…
  10. 10. concept ideation
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  15. 15. mock ups <ul><li>many different materials were explored, such as wax and gummy bears. the forms were molded over used plastic water bottles. </li></ul><ul><li>the wax was found to be too brittle and the candy too soft for a long-term vessel. </li></ul>
  16. 16. mock ups <ul><li>the previous explorations directed the project towards the plastic water bottle. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  17. 17. final product rethink and reuse
  18. 18. 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
  19. 19. 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
  20. 20. target <ul><li>the product would be sold at retailers that market </li></ul><ul><ul><li>affordable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>design conscious </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>eco - friendly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>simple </li></ul></ul><ul><li>products. the internet and smaller eco – conscious boutiques are also likely retailers. </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>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? </li></ul>scenario
  22. 22. sustainable stackable mass producible educational functional aesthetically pleasing design
  23. 23. process used bottles cutting bottles melting drinking edge
  24. 24. final product
  25. 25. the vita family encompasses a variety of different products: <ul><li>vitacup </li></ul><ul><li>vitabowl </li></ul><ul><li>vitaplant </li></ul><ul><li>vitalight </li></ul>an informational cd accompanies each vita product about being green. family
  26. 26. 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
  27. 27. 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.
  28. 28. 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.
  29. 29. future <ul><li>currently, vita is focused on reusing bottle tops. however, we are also looking into ways of reusing the rest of the bottle. </li></ul><ul><li>we also plan to investigate other avenues of reuse design beyond the water bottle. </li></ul>
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