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Design for Circularity competition opens applications

By Andrea Byrne


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Dow, a science company, Lovere, an internet environmental tech company, Procter & Gamble (P&G), a consumer goods company and non-profit organisation YCJ have opened applications for Design for Circularity, an art and design competition in China.

The competition aims to share knowledge with the younger generation of designers about the importance of recycling. In addition to raising awareness, the competition wishes to accelerate the development of a circular economy by encouraging young people to use recycled plastics for various creative purposes.

The best work will be selected by a jury. Furthermore, partners from the initiative will help turn the chosen drawings and concepts into actual products for consumers.

Kodak Xiao, Dow’s group marketing director for packaging and speciality plastics for the company’s Asia Pacific division, said in a statement: “We are delighted to see increasing interest from designers, brand owners, and consumers in adopting recycled plastics in recent years. Through this initiative, we aim to raise awareness on recycling plastics – in particular, flexible plastic packaging, where the recycling rate is low.

“We also hope to find more high-value applications for recycled packaging and encourage our partners to work with us to advance a circular economy for plastic waste.”

Jingye Chen, chief operating officer of Lovere, added: “Lovere is committed to establishing an ecosystem of plastic waste recycling and sorting through technological innovation.

“We hope that through this competition, consumers will learn that plastic waste is actually a misplaced resource, and through recycling, we can turn plastic waste into useful products with shelf appeal. Lovere aspires to use our proprietary technology in recycling to encourage consumers to tap on plastic waste as an integral resource for their packaging demands.”

Students and professionals in the area of design are eligible to enter the competition; applications close on 15 July 2022.

Procter & Gamble