The Faculty of Design of IGUMO hosted a meeting with Bulyash Todaeva, industrial designer, sustainability engineer, author of the Zerowaste.lab creative research laboratory, co-founder of Birzha.studio design workshop.
Within the DOCA-talk series of lectures on art, the guest told about plastic recycling into design and art objects.
Bulyash Todaeva started working on sustainable design in her student years, when studying at the Moscow State Stroganov Academy of Industrial and Applied Arts. Within her graduation project, Ms. Todaeva created machines for the recycling of different kinds of plastic. After that, the designer decided to deepen her knowledge in working out and introducing high-tech equipment and entered the National University of Science and Technology MISiS.
The expert told IGUMO students about the technologies thanks to which it is possible to turn different kinds of plastic into furniture, accessories, clothes, and other objects. As she emphasizes, her main idea is not to give up the material but use it at full capacity and introduce it into a new economic chain.
Bulyash Todaeva showed IGUMO students the work made by artists, designers, and engineers of Zerowaste.lab. They generate solutions within the concept of sustainable development and strive to incorporate them into real life. The team creates shimmering mosaics, stylish accessories, interior decor, and many other everyday objects.
Now the participants of the laboratory are working on the design of external batteries made of plastic. According to the authors' idea, the user can return them for recycling in case of deformation.
Bulyash Todaeva emphasized the importance for modern designers to think about not only the artistic features of the product but also addressing specific problems in the field of sustainable development.
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Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov27.02.2021