Product Category/ Family Use Group

Reproduction of tableware / TUTIIROSAISEI GL-saisei001
Applicant: Green Life 21 Project + Satou Nobuo
Designer: Nobuo Satou, Professor, Dept.of Design, Faculty of Design & Architecture, Aichi Sangyo University

This tableware comes from recycling discarded food utensils generated as consumer and factory waste. It used to be thought that the molding technology involved made it too difficult to reuse clay and recycle utensils. Now, however, users and corporations, designers, laboratories, and research institutes that are involved in food utensil distribution or intermediate manufacturing processes can collaborate in the creation of networks to recover and recycle unneeded utensils. This is a step toward the effective use of resources and reduction of the burden on the environment. The process allows "Re-Waring" new utensils from old ones without emitting any more carbon dioxide than conventional tableware manufacturing. The product has been rated highly for the way it seeks to fulfill the production region's social responsibility through porcelain recycling and reuse while managing not to overemphasize that aspect with tableware that achieves an ease of use that is true to the needs of everyday life.

New Frontier Category

The Glass Recycling Network
Applicant: Crystal clay.corp

This recycling network has as its goal the conversion of discarded glass to a renewable resource and the broadening of the resource cycle. Companies sympathetic with the aims of recovery, recycling, and remanufacturing joined forces, and used the lightweight material G-Lite, which is made up mostly of glass cullets, to create new products such as construction tiles, OA floors, and outdoor furniture. Products are now being developed in accordance with green purchasing methods, and there are also great expectations for the economic effects of this resource cycle. It has also become possible to reuse colored glass bottles, which have previously merely been buried in landfills. We gave this project high marks for the actual design of an integrated process and network that handles everything from collection to reuse, for the construction of a highly feasible new recycling industry system that moves us closer to a sustainable society, and for the creation of a new line of business.