Oceanic garbage patches are a global environmental issue. Infamous one is the Pacific Garbage Patch, which has drove public concern on the Topic in the past decades. Garbage patches are large concentrations of plastic debris in oceans, aggregated by marine gyres (Moore 2004, 2009). At least 5 major patches are currently identified (NASA 2015).
Towards a hybrid ecology
The aim of this project was to apply a design led approach to this issue in 5 days, devising potential solutions based on one concept: “the patches as recyclable plastic mines”. Debris as raw material in an extended cradle to cradle approach will provide plastic for many.
Design fiction, future generations’ participation and Google’s moonshot projects approach were tools exhaustively used during the workshop.
REAC: An interactive recycling center as one of the 9 proposals.
As part of the exploitability team, along with engineering, business and design students, we checked in depth and analyzed the 9 project solution proposals developed by other multidisciplinary teams and built a strategy where they could blend together and be sustainable based in a circular economy model.
All the reviewed proposals were explained in a book which was displayed along 4 large tables and then presented to judges and other students.