Below you will find the first selection of questions and projects exhibited at Design Does* at the Design Museum of Barcelona.
Design Does collectively explores how design tackles the challenges faced by society, at times offering improvements and, at others, doing just the opposite. Conceived to transcend the limits of space, time and conventional formats, this project explores the responsibility that lies with design and its impact on industry, people, social systems and cultural values. Design Does questions the designer’s role today and in the future as a provider of solutions, humanist, strategist and/or agent of change.
Can we live without plastic?
Plastic waste is not a necessary evil. Design has contributed to its negative impact and can also play a part in its eradication.
Plastic is one of the basic materials of our society: it has helped to produce affordable goods and democratize access to many products. However, the throw-away philosophy; a production model that designs, produces, packages and sells in different countries; or the use of non-renewable materials are some of the underlying reasons behind the environmental crisis we face today. A consequence of this is the so-called “Great Pacific garbage patch”, approximately 1,400,000m2 of plastic waste which has been gathered in one place by the currents of the Pacific Ocean.
Since product design has played a decisive role in creating this situation, it also has the capacity to find non-polluting alternatives to the packaging of the products we consume.
by Skipping Rocks Lab, 2017
Every year, a billion water bottles are thrown away throughout the world. Aimed at eliminating such wasteful packaging, this English sustainable design startup has developed a bubble that contains the drinking water within an edible membrane made from a natural seaweed extract. This flexible packaging biodegrades in 4-6 weeks, about the same time as a piece of fruit, and can be used to contain other liquids, such as alcoholic drinks or cosmetics.
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