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What are the possibilities of using new technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence to move waste management towards recyclable cycles? How can innovative projects be created from plastic waste through smart recycling and new design strategies? What is the future of waste avoidance and what are the tasks facing non-profit associations, large companies, and each and every one of us?
Chien-hua Huang, architect and designer
Raphaela Egger and Florian Mikl, Plasticpreneur
Helene Pattermann, founder/CEO, Zero Waste Austria
Florian Amon and Raphael Volkmer, Precious Plastic Vienna, Association
Moderator: Marlies Wirth, curator, Digital Culture and MAK Design Collection
The panel is partly held in English.The architect and designer Chien-hua Huang concerns himself with recyclable waste management for his exhibition in the MAK. Under the title Reform Standard, he represents a search process controlled by machine learning on the basis of drawings, physical models, and videos that, with the help of reinforcement learning and computer-produced image processing, aims at promoting a design cycle informed by materials and at transforming waste into potential resources.MoreThe Austrian start-up Plasticpreneur (Raphaela Egger, Sören Lex, Boris Rauter) develops and provides easily accessible, small plastic recycling machines and in this way conveys social enterprise capabilities that make it possible to convert plastic waste into new, innovative products. Their projects should contribute to the development of consciousness and inspire the founding of new social enterprises around the world.
plasticpreneur.comPrecious Plastic Vienna is an association for plastic recycling with a workshop in the WUK Vienna. A group of committed people from the fields of science, design, and environmental engineering have concerned themselves with plastic recycling in their free time since 2018. The association is committed to the principle of open source or open design and DIT (do it together) and is active on behalf of research and education on the theme of avoiding the use of and recycling plastic.preciousplastic.wienThe team from Zero Waste Austria consists of experts from various fields relating to sustainability, waste avoidance, community work, and education. Reducing, reusing, and recycling into new products is a principle of the Zero Waste movement, which, among other things, promotes packaging-free supermarkets, but also offers seminars for companies wishing to integrate a sustainable lifestyle into their work routine.zerowasteaustria.at
Plasticpreneur by doing circular
900 000 tons of plastic waste are generated each year in Austria, more than half of it in private households. 71 percent of this waste is incinerated. Trash becomes valuable with the machines of the Austrian start-up. A “Plasticpreneur” is an entrepreneur who produces new things from old plastic—a recyclable design that contributes to avoiding waste and protecting the environment.
#BYOP: Bring Your Own Plastic!
Become a “Plasticpreneur” yourself—collect and clean your plastic and have it processed into new objects at MAK DESIGN NITE!
Please bring your own:
- ONLY plastic bottle caps or stoppers
- cleaned at home BEFOREHAND (washed & dried)