Finding a way to breathe new life into discarded materials is creating a boom within the world of sustainable design. For instance, UK-based Granby Workshop has just unveiled an entire collection of ceramic housewares made from 100% waste. Recently launched on Kickstarter, Granbyware is a beautiful collection of plates, bowls and mugs made from ceramic, glass and stone waste.
Based in Liverpool, the innovative design company has searched far and wide to find discarded waste materials that could be repurposed into beautiful place settings. Located just an hour or so from Stoke on Trent, the heart of UK’s ceramics industry, the team did extensive research and testing to develop and refine their ceramics.
“To make this project happen we’ve voyaged into the deep and murky waters of ceramic chemistry and waste management – analyzing the core chemical components of our usual clay and glaze materials, and where we could find substitutes from industrial and consumer waste,” they explain on their Kickstarter page.
Working with specialist waste management companies, they discovered that millions of tonnes of ceramic, glass and stone waste goes into UK’s landfills each year. Some of this waste is recycled, but most is downcycled into materials for roads, construction, etc.
Recognizing that most of these materials still have plenty of life span, the designers created a recipe that could turn the waste into treasure. Using a mixture of industrial clay waste, recycled glass, quarry waste, broken bricks and ceramic waste, the company has created an 100% recyclable collection made entirely from waste and nothing else.
The resulting collection is a sustainable selection of tableware that is 100% food, dishwasher and microwave safe. Available on Kickstarter, customers can choose from a defined set of dishes, bowls and mugs, or choose individual pieces.
For those who’d like to check out Granbyware collection first before purchasing, the Granby Workshop team will be showcasing the sustainable tableware at the King’s Cross Design District during London Design Festival.
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