Waste Not Want - In Progress

  • Our Intent.

    This project will focus on designing unique high value products from a waste material that has no value or even “negative” value. This material could be consumer trash, recyclables, or industrial material that has reached the end of its useful life. There will be minimal new material used in the product outside of fasteners or glue. The solutions will be anything from lighting to seating or soft goods to an installation. The resulting products will eliminate material being added to the landfill and thus be a statement for all to see. 

  • Sustainable.

    At Appalachian, Sustainability is more then a buzz word. Appalachian’s leadership in sustainability is known nationally. Our holistic, three-branched approach asks us to consider if actions are sustainable economically, environmentally, and equitably in relationship to our planet’s co-inhabitants. From renewable energy to zero waste initiatives, our campus is constantly striving to do better for the planet. 

  • Our Process.

    Through extensive research, students identified, analyzed and tested the various materials that are currently having a negative impact once their traditional life cycle ends. Through this endeavor several materials were identified to continue development into new products. A few of the successful materials were; plastic bottles, cardboard, denim, cloth and clothing, leather, hardcover books, compact discs, and plastic bags. 

  • Our Products.

    The final output from the studio elevated and re-purposed leather scraps, sail cloth, compact discs, plastic bottles, books and so much more. In creating new and innovative products from these materials, the consumer has helped to remove countless tons of waste from the landfill. Here are a few of the items we hope to share with the design world at ICFF.

Michael Rall

Assistant Professor
Industrial Design

Cameron Van Dyke

Assistant Professor
Industrial Design

Donald Corey

Professor
Industrial Design

Richard Prisco

Professor
Industrial Design