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Soft Rigid

I. SUMMARY INFORMATION
Project
267658
Status
Submitted
Award category
Techniques, materials and processes for construction and design
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NEW EUROPEAN BAUHAUS RISING STARS : concepts or ideas submitted by young talents (aged 30 or less)
Project title
Soft Rigid
Full concept/idea title
A way to reuse industrial plastic films.
Description
In France, we produce more than 2.3 million tonnes of plastic packaging per year. 24% are recycled. I am focusing on LDPE film for professional use. It is used to wrap pallets during transport or for hay bales. I am looking for a waste transformation process that requires few steps in the process and low energy. My goal in this project is to close the life cycle of waste by reintroducing it directly into the company, in a short circuit logic and also to give another vision of this waste.
Where is your concept/idea being developed or intended to be implemented in the EU?
France
Ile de France
17 rue Bergère, 6eme étage
Paris
75009
II. DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT
Please provide a summary of your concept/ idea
I am focusing on LDPE film for professional use. It is used to wrap pallets during transport or for hay bales. This waste is little recycled. When it is processed, it is melted to produce plastic bags in particular. Better recycling of this waste is possible. I am looking for a waste transformation process that requires few steps in the process and low energy. By melting the waste on the surface, I obtain volumes that combine the soft and the rigid. I explore this principle by making molds that combine insulating part and heat-conducting part. The construction industry is a sector in which this plastic film is present in large quantities. I identify plastic objects used in these trades. LDPE film can be transformed into this type of object. The goal is to close the life cycle of waste by reintroducing it directly into the company, in a short circuit logic.
Please give information about the key objectives of your concept/idea in terms of sustainability and how these would be met
The main objective of the project is to find a way to reuse plastic films that has the least impact on the planet. Thus, the process that I invented requires few steps, materials and heat. Plastic is heated to a temperature below 200 ° C, at this temperature it does not release harmful gases. The transformation can be carried out by the professional who produces the waste. The created object can also be used by the professional in question. There is no transport to take into account in the carbon footprint of this approach.
Please give information about the key objectives of your concept/idea in terms of aesthetics and quality of experience beyond functionality and how these would be met
By experimenting with this material, I discovered its ability to be very rigid and flexible, on the same volume. This particularity makes it possible to create protective objects at different scales which find their place in the construction industry.
Please give information about the key objectives of your concept/idea in terms of inclusion and how these would be been met
The process I developed requires little equipment and energy. In fact, the transformation can be carried out directly by the company at the origin of the waste, to create objects for itself or other companies nearby. This short-circuit approach therefore sets up a local ecosystem, united and engaged in actions aimed at making our activities more sustainable.
Please explain the innovative character of your concept/ idea
Today, industrial and agricultural plastic film is not recycled much because this waste is often dirty and therefore impossible to transform. Also, sorting centers are often far from companies, which makes it difficult for the professional to transport plastics. When this plastic is recycled, it is transformed into plastic film or bag, these transformations take time and energy. The process that I have developed allows the company or the farmer themselves to transform the plastic waste, as is, without having to treat or clean it. The process requires little time and energy.
Please detail the plans you have for the further development, promotion and/or implementation of your concept/idea, with a particular attention to the initiatives to be taken before May 2022
I got in touch with an energy renovation and insulation company near my home. This professional collects a lot of plastic films and wants to find a more ecological way to recycle this material. In addition, I have identified that the company uses many wedges or protective objects. So, starting in July, we are going to develop the machine that will transform plastic into wedges.
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IV. VALIDATION
By ticking this box, you declare that all the information provided in this form is factually correct, that the proposed concept/idea has not been proposed for the New European Bauhaus Rising Stars Awards more than once in the same category.
Yes

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