If you take a closer look at upcycle design you may have noticed that it’s all about the way you look at trash, waste. In general people just throw away stuff. But luckily there are more and more designers who take a look at waste in a different way. Of course it’s a good thing that materials and objects get recycled. But recycling still uses a lot of energy and creates polution and CO2. And that’s why upcycling is so important. Because many materials and objects can be given a second life and new function.
Second life of a welding spool
One of the designers that takes this ‘new’ approach is Dutch industrial designer Bastiaan Tolhuijs, founder of companies TOLHUIJS and NEWASTE, based in Amsterdam | The Netherlands.
He tries to create designs by using materials and/or objects before they are being recycled. Many people call it upcycling, but Bastiaan calls it PREcycling. “A lot of energy is wasted on material from which we can still derive value!” A great example of his way of looking at waste is his stunning and minimalistic lighting design called ‘SPOOL‘.
SPOOL is a lamp made of waste and recyclable material. Several manufacturers have supplied materials to develop this product. One of these manufacturers is HERAS, a Dutch company that’s an international specialist in outdoor security solutions. “Welding is one of Heras’ main production processes in order to produce their fence products. Their welding machines contain reels with welding wire. As soon as they’ve used all the wire, the reel is thrown away and replaced by a full one. All parts are collected from the factories and brought to social workplaces where SPOOL will be assembled.”
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