Minimising waste through design – forthcoming talk

I have posted a couple of blogs about Rekindle, the Christchurch-based collective dedicated to tackling the issues of wasted ‘waste’ materials. Rekindle was originally spurred into action by the Canterbury earthquakes, which resulted in the devastation of inner city Christchurch and the creation of massive piles of demolition waste, including ‘mountains’ of native timber. Te Papa is proud to own two beautiful pieces of furniture loving made by Rekindle from the ‘remains’ of a former church and a number of demolished houses. This year Rekindle is launching a new national project – Resource: Rise Again.

The underside of Te Papa’s chair bears it’s origins: Mt Pleasant Presbyterian Church, Christchurch.

Juliet Arnott, the founder of Rekindle is visiting Wellington next week and will be giving a public talk at  Massey University College of Creative Arts on Tuesday 1st March at 6pm, about design for reuse. She will be talking about a number of Rekindle projects including Resource: Rise Again. This new project will fund and support five designers or design teams across New Zealand  to research and design new solutions for resources that businesses currently pay to dispose of in landfill. This is the first time in New Zealand that a research and design programme has been established specifically to address waste through reuse solutions.

Rekindle is now calling for designers to submit their interest in the project; the deadline for submissions is 11 March 2016. You can find the design brief here.

In her talk, Juliet will discuss the role of designers and other creative practitioners in this field of waste minimisation. Designers and businesses that wish to see greater resource efficiency within their waste management, via solutions for reuse, are also encouraged to attend. 

Event details: Tuesday 1st March, drinks from 5.30pm for 6pm lecture start. ‘The Pit’, Te Ara Hihiko (Block 12), Massey University College of Creative Arts (Entrance C Wallace Street orE Tasman Street), Wellington 6021.

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