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The Utilize Series
Problem: Over the last century, the linear consumption pattern of ‘take, make, use and waste’ has resulted in a severe pollution problem that is causing detrimental effects to our natural environments, biodiversity and health. The lack of responsible recycling infrastructures has resulted in many hard to recycle plastics and other materials ending up in landfills.
Solution: The Utilize Series aims to add value to discarded materials and ensure they are continuously reused after they have reached their end of life. The Utilize Series uses a collection of machines in conjunction with one another to form an effective upcycling process that results in a 3D printed filament. The filament is then used to create three 3D printed designs including chandeliers made from polystyrene coffee stirrers, baskets made from flax offcuts and soft plastics, and furniture made from plastic fishing gear collected from the waterways.
Problem: It’s essential for farmers to keep weeds at bay, but the common use of broad-spectrum spraying causes unnecessary amounts of herbicide to enter the environment while treating weeds, causing herbicide resistance over time.
Solution: Trax is an autonomous herbicide vehicle designed to roam the fields throughout the day detecting and targeting weeds with herbicide spray. The reduction in herbicide being applied with a targeted approach offers environmental benefits while also reducing the time spent by the farmers.