In a context in which solid waste is a major issue within current society problems, “Adopt a Product” is a line of home objects that uses the structural qualities of disposed plastic containers in their design. Exploring an underestimated material resource brought the idea of using overly reinforced food packaging to make affordable products. With the implementation of this fabrication approach, the input of used packaging into landfills and new plastic into the market are reduced. Using existing strong containers taken out of industrial and commercial kitchens allows small and new born companies to manufacture their own products by avoiding expensive technologies with a high initial cost, like plastic injection molding.
This line of products is simple, functional and their pieces are easy to replace. From packaging to replace worn out pieces, the underlying idea is to make things easy to their users.
Adopt a Product’s intention is to create compelling designs that will help modifying the mental model of material quality; achieving a different and more sustainable consumers’ mind set.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Plastics--Recycling; Plastic containers--Environmental aspects; Refuse and refuse disposal; Recycling industry
Industrial Design (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Design (CIAS)
Corvalan, Patricio, "Waste as Parts: Reassessing waste value for a sustainable future" (2015). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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