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David Graas

Amsterdam, Noord Holland, Netherlands

Designer (Product Design)

Member since May 22, 2007


  • garbage design

    Environment, Industrial Design

    Garbage is poorly designed. In many cases the only way to deal with it is to burn it or burry it deep into the ground.

    Why didn't we consider this when we designed this garbage in the first place? It's not that it happened overnight. Actually it took a great effort to produce the materials and shape them into products. First they were designed. Many things were taken into account; shape, material, price, color, aesthetics, taste, packaging, etc. Then they were produced; trees cut, iron casted, plastic moulded. Then marketing was used to sell the products. They were transported to shops and finally sold.

    But this, of course, is not the final stage. The product-stage is only a temporary one. Sooner or later (nowadays more sooner then later...) a product becomes garbage. People are continuously seduced by new products. More advanced, more features, more comfort. Or just new. New is delicious!

    So the discarded products end up somewhere else. It's not that they disappear. You can discard them from your home, but you cannot discard them from the planet. It's a closed system. And everything you throw away will eventually come back to you like a boomerang.

    Wouldn't it be nice if the discarded products would not cause problems for the environment? That you could throw them away without feeling guilty? Or the materials could be completely re-used without much effort? Maybe garbage could even be so advanced that it is beneficiary for the environment?

    Sounds crazy?

    I don't think so...

Aiming to design better garbage

Contact David Graas
www.davidgraas.com

My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design