For economic activity to be sustainable, the way in which we use available resources is becoming increasingly important. For this reason, issues such as upcycling are gaining more significance. The potential offered by the reuse of recyclable materials will be shown at interzum 2017. In the “Circular Thinking" special event area, designers’ and manufacturers’ innovative products will be showcased. Sectors that currently involve high levels of material consumption can particularly benefit.
Make new from old – in upcycling, materials initially discarded during the sorting and recycling process become the starting point for high-quality design. Furniture made out of waste paper, used jeans or skateboards make good use of seemingly unusable materials that would otherwise go to landfill. Waste becomes reusable materials with their very specific qualities for innovative design. Ideally, at the end of a product’s lifecycle, high-quality materials remain for the manufacture of new products. Resources remain in the cycle, and waste is avoided.
As the world’s population increases, the shift away from the consumption of a resource to its use is becoming increasingly important. “Over the course of the next decade, industrialised societies will be working to improve their use of available resources and make the transition in their industrial production to closed-loop material cycles”, observes Dr. Sascha Peters, the materials expert who, with his Haute Innovation agency, will be showing the potential of alternative sources of raw materials at the upcoming edition of interzum: at the Innovation of Interior special event area in Hall 4.2, the exhibition “Circular Thinking” will be presenting new ideas for sustainable materials cycles. Special attention will be paid to current upcycling models, as well as the recycling of energy. Alongside materials, furniture and functional objects, innovative products, such as a small hydroelectric power plant for mobile electricity supply, will also be on display.
Rounding off the event will be the congress “Circular Thinking – from Upcycling to Biofabrication”, which will take place at interzum on 18 May and which will offer trade fair visitors the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the subject with the help of practical examples from Dr. Sascha Peters and other industry experts.