Glass Lab is a system for collecting and processing waste glass from small businesses in London. Developed by Royal College of Art student Diana Simpson Hernandez, Glass Lab collects glass waste for free from enrolled businesses in the local vicinity and uses the glass as raw material to manufacture products for the public sector. The collected glass bottles are crushed on-site and graded into fine, medium and coarse filaments. These grades are combined with a vegetable bio-resin binder to produce strong and weatherproof products such as light bollards, tiles and street furniture. This project is based around the idea of viewing waste as a resource and using cast-off materials to create alternative economies at local level to empower small businesses and communities.
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