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Industrial design competition winners recycle

on Thursday,January 29,2009 22:01

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Winners have been announced in an international industrial and product design competition which focused on creative ways of recycling old household items.

The contest "Discarded Dreams" called on talented designers from around the world to submit work which would demonstrate ways to reuse composite materials taken from old mattresses and boxsprings.

The winning entries, some of which hailed from as far away as Brazil, included such creative designs as acoustical panels for use as office partitions or room soundproofing, and a permanent shelter composed of deconstructed mattress components.

According to Rubicon National Social Innovation (RNSI), which co-launched the project, "The competition challenged designers to re-envision a world where used mattresses and boxsprings are turned into new, useful, and commercially viable products."

Entrants faced rigorous guidelines intended to ensure sustainability of potential products. They were encouraged to utilize local resources, including existing manufacturing facilities and other waste products.

RNSI partnered with Architecture for Humanity to release the recycling design competition. Both companies are leading social enterprises in America which seek to bring design, construction and development to under-served communities.
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