Designs with the main feature ‘recycling’

Care for milk

Overproduction and continuous price drops have seen our appreciation of milk sink to an all-time low. With Care for Milk Ekaterina Semenova wants to reclaim the value of this characteristic Dutch dairy product.Dairy leftovers of milk are collected from neighbourhood households.

People’s Pavilion: 100% geleend

100% borrowed means that there was no screwing, glueing, drilling or sawing. All materials used had to remain intact. The People’s Pavilion was the central meeting point and discussion platform during the first edition of the World Design Event during Dutch Design Week 2017.

Photo: Filip Dujardin

Forz glaze

A research on glazes based on ashes of waste materials. Studio Mixtura explored different types of ashes, which appeared after recycling processes of general waste, glass recycling and paper recycling processes. These residues with a complex mineral composition compose Forz glaze recipes.

Plasma Rock

Landfill waste is transformed into energy with the only by-product being the Plasma Rock.
The quality of this nearly undiscovered and non-toxic material is that it is mechanically strong, dense and environmentally stable. Besides the aesthetic differences (Plasma Rock can be green or black), the rocks have differences in the number of elements, depending on the type of waste.

Future Remnants

Research into the influence of man on the evolution of new minerals and materials. The project shows the reaction of metals to ordinary household chemical agents.

Blood Related

As a simultaneous embodiment of life and death, blood is nature’s ultimate contradiction. It tells a thousand stories, steeped in meaning and mysticism. Yet, the very real modern narrative of blood as a mass waste material remains untold.

The New Age of Trichology

An innovative and sustainable research project, where human hair waste is recycled and applied in material and productdesign. The project focuses on the high tensile strength of hair.


A novel, reversible building system comprising dry‐assembled, interlocking cast components out of waste glass. Grasping from the high compressive strength of glass, the project explores the recycling of everyday glass waste into cast structural components for architectural and interior design applications.

Ignorance is Bliss

‘Ignorance is Bliss’ reincorporates value of metal waste from the industries, such as water treatment plants and soil remediation companies, into pigments for new valuable products and methods. Metals are crucial to our world, and, unfortunately, a non-renewable resource.

Fade to Stay

Colourfastness is considered a quality, but discolouration can never be prevented entirely. The dye inks in home printers and the pigmented inks on the professional market have different characteristics and, therefore, a different colourfastness. rENs experiments with a combination of various types of ink and paper, in order to control discolouration with the help of UV radiation.


No Mad Makers (Floor Nagler and Didi Aaslund) helps refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos to make bags from the sails of boats and the life jackets that are left behind on the beach. The refugees can take the bags with them on their journey through Europe.

The Salt Pup

A mixture of almost 90 percent sea salt, a small about of starch and water is heated and dried, leaving a white, hard, translucent material. The material is strong under compression force and weak under tensile force. The logical shape that follows from this is an arch or dome.


Using subterranean templates as moulds, the root systems of plants are channelled, forming a textile-like material. During the growth process the roots conform to the patterns and the root material weaves or braids itself. For her research, Diana Scherer is collaborating with biologists and ecologists of the Radboud University in Nijmegen.

Flax Chair

A composite material consisting of a combination of flax fibre and PLA is applied in a chair: the Flax Chair. Due to the suitable oceanic climate, flax is a crop with a rich history in the Netherlands, Belgium and northern France. PLA is a biodegradable plastic with a lactic acid base. Both the long and the short fibres of the flax have been used.

Pretty Plastic Plant

Plastic is often recycled, but usually into colourless, practical products. The Pretty Plastic Plant consists of six machines that process plastic waste from households in the north of Amsterdam into façade cladding. The plastic is collected and sorted by colour, making all colour combinations possible. For example, four meeting rooms were recently created.


Helmond company Vlisco produces fabrics for the Central and West African markets. On her own initiative, Simone Post conducted material research on Vlisco’s waste fabrics and misprints. This study resulted in the Vlisco Recycled Carpet. The great variety of waste fabrics produces unique rugs, each with an enormous wealth of colour.

Hollow Tube Technique

Dirk van de Kooij is researching whether recycled materials can be used in a pulverised form, to which auxiliary materials are added directly, making energy-intensive processing of recycled materials unnecessary.

AGF Klasse 3

The goal of this project is to notify people of the AGF Class 3. Potatoes, fruit and vegetables (A,G and F) from this class have a 10 percent deviation or more and are not offered to consumers. Part of the AGF Class 3 is offered to animal feed companies to be used as livestock feed. The majority of these vegetables will disappear immediately on the compost pile. Renée Boute wants to make clear to consumers that there is nothing wrong with these products. She incorporated this objective in a cooking book that shows in a tasty way that fruits and vegetables from the AGF Class 3 do not belong on the compost pile.