As part of the Bristol and Bath Creative R&D Inclusion Programme, The Factory will be investigating the scale and impact, both locally and globally, of common household waste materials such as paper and plastics. Together with our Factory community and local residents of South Bristol, we’ll be unpicking the data behind what we waste, and following a process of creative ‘Design Thinking’, prototyping and making utilising digital tools to co-design and test out sustainable solutions and alternatives.
As a response to the ongoing pandemic, we have shifted the way in which this activity will be delivered and have already piloted a virtual ‘Design Thinking’ workshop back in April 2020 facilitated by collaborative and sustainable designer Lisa Cole.
The updated ReThink, ReMake, ReCycle series will now combine digital and physical workshop elements through a series of virtual meet ups, instructional videos and webinars, and at-home family friendly activity packs. Participants of all ages will complete household waste audits for our community generated data sets, gain a deeper understanding of the materials we use on a daily basis, and develop ideas and skills through the exploration of new and recycled materials. We’ll introduce tools such as plastic shredders and sheet presses, laser cutters and digital embroidery machines to inspire and push this exploration further, and encourage ongoing sharing and connection across our online platforms.
This activity will contribute to KWMC The Factory’s commitment to developing sustainable practices across our physical and digital spaces, focusing on circular economy principles and encouraging responsible, thoughtful digital design and making approaches. It will also act as a test bed for future exploration of data and digital technologies in the context of community-engaged digital placemaking.
Watch this space for upcoming workshop dates and how to sign up. To register your interest please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call The Factory on 0117 403 2306.