We all know waste is a big problem. So how are we going to fix it?
“The production of waste is absolutely central to our way of life, a fundamental part of how the global economy operates ... Read more here!
April 7, 2022
For anyone going to Cannabis Europa London 2021 this week, it's probably worth taking a trip over to London's Design Museum for some inspiration on redefining, reflecting and committing some mental energy towards waste! Team TNL spent some time doing just that by going around the excellent new exhibition. In a quick summary, It was well worth it!
It is NOT an exhibit which is dedicated to recycling, according to chief curator Justin McGuirk. Waste Age, he says, is about bringing the problem of waste out from our periphery, and exploring how designers can and are using it as a material in and of itself. The show starts out quite bleak when you see how much material is spent on single use packaging. But as you work your way through the show, you become optimistic that waste can be repurposed towards delivering not just solutions, but can also create value.
“We are arguably living in the waste age,” says Justin McGuirk, the London museum’s chief curator, who has spent the last three years going through waste. “The production of waste is absolutely central to our way of life, a fundamental part of how the global economy operates. We wanted to show how design is deeply complicit in the waste problem – and also best placed to address it.”
A new generation of designers is rethinking our relationship to everyday things. From fashion to food, electronics to construction, even packaging - finding the lost value in our trash and imagining a future of clean materials and a circular economy could point the way out of the Waste Age.
The exhibition showcases some of the visionary designers who are reinventing our relationship withwaste, including Formafantasma, Stella McCartney, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Lacaton & Vassal, Fernando Laposse, Bethany Williams, Phoebe English and Natsai Audrey Chieza.