ONE TILE, ONE DAY
The aim of the project was to visualize the contemporary problems related to a linear economy, the Western world´s overconsumption and plastic waste. This was motivated by my interest in circular economy and sustainability, politics and arts. The primary analysis focused on a circular economy, sustainability and recycling plastic. The secondary analysis was made concerning the field of politics, arts and information design and how this can be used to communicate a message.
The result is a system of modular and versatile recycled HDPE tiles and connections for walls and floors in climate-smart housings. Today it is difficult to recover materials when renovating or rebuilding. Climate-smart architecture is constantly looking for controversy and climate-smart solutions and materials, including low impact or recycled materials. To implement this and mediate the vision of zero- waste, I use waste as a resource, avoid waste in the production, as well as enable material recovery (once end of life) by avoiding binding fixtures.
Each tile, by its weight, represents one day of plastic consumption by one person – 270g. The tiles can be combined in quantity to illustrate days, weeks or years (depending on space) to communicate our contemporary problems with plastic waste. The project will hopefully encourage recycling and minimize the amount of plastics that end up in the wrong places – to move a bit closer to a future with zero-waste.