Directed & filmed by Ilias Madouros
Music composed by Yannis Loukos
“The New Raw-plastic” is a hands-on workshop that investigates the capacity of digital fabrication techniques to provide a sustainable solution to plastic pollution. The first workshop took place in September 2015 in the Greek island of Syros. It investigated how 3d printing can be a catalyst in areas of high insularity by turning their plastic waste into raw material for cultural entrepreneurship.
Every summer, thousands of people around the world travel to Greek islands to spend their summer vacations. The population of these small islands instantly increases 300% or higher than their normal numbers. More people bring more plastic waste which at best case is collected and shipped back to a central recycling facility in Athens, but in most cases it stays on the island and pollutes the beautiful beaches and natural environment.
One of the most dominant plastic waste in the islands is the plastic water bottles: the increased daytime mobility under the hot summer sun, combined with the insufficient water system of most of the islands raise a lot the demand for PET bottles of water. They become a very popular single use commodity and consequently a very dominant plastic waste product.
But what if we could transform the plastic packaging rubbish of an island from a source of imported waste to a source of exported raw material?
During “The New Raw – plastic” , 27 participants from the fields of industrial design, architecture, fine arts and environmentalism spent a week in which they observed and experienced the local conditions of plastic waste treatment in the Greek island of Syros. The participants recycled on site plastic waste with the use of Perpetual Plastic Project ( perpetualplasticproject.com ) and were introduced to the production technique of 3D printing and circular economy methodologies. At the end, they produced 5 design and business concepts that made use of Refil ( re-filament.com / 3d printing filament made from discarded PET water bottles ).