ZERO WASTE TECHNOLOGY
Sustainability: Teaching & Learning
By Anke Nienhuis
As a research project and as part of my teaching at AUT in the Industrial design department, we aim at using waste materials and upcycling them in to useful products.
My students and I are developing ideas and machinery with which we can recycle plastic waste created at AUT and using it to make products needed around the university. In this particular project the focus is not on 'designing out waste' but on using and reusing the plastic that has already been created to avoid more waste, to avoid more products being made out of virgin plastic and to create awareness of this huge problem and to show people (and my students) that we can do something about it. The project is still in progress and has not been finalised, but I can show machinery that has been developed for this purpose and some example student projects on what to make out of the discarded plastic.