Sustainable Systems: Object Redesign – Part 1 : Material ConneXion / SIMS Municipal Recycling

For this project, we had to study an everyday, disposable object and then make a diagram explaining its conventional life cycle’ according to the Okala product life cycle. The second step was to redesign this object to  reduce its environmental impact. Next, we had to contract a diagram that illustrated how we would implement each strategy for the product redesign, including a description of the product’s relationship to human systems and environmental systems at each step. Lastly, we were expected to incorporate three materials from the Material ConneXion collection we visited as a class, to support the reduction of the product’s environmental impact.

The object I decided to focus on was an Evian bottle. This was a really good choice of a disposable icon because Evian itself has already begun to research the life cycle of their bottles, what happens to them after they are used, and what they are made of. Of course there was room for some improvements, such as redesigning the object with different materials. The materials I suggested were the following: compostable plastic made from potato starch, a fully recyclable in-mold-label firm substrate that eliminates the need for adhesive and backing materials, and PLA biopolymer resin that is suitable for injection moulding which uses renewable sources meaning that it is biodegradable. Both the Okala product lifecycle and the Ecodesign diagram are displayed in the scans below.

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