After a successful first year, Rossana Orlandi is launching the 2nd edition of the Ro Plastic Prize for 2020, the international project that aims to raise awareness on reusing and recycling plastic, inviting submissions from creatives of all nationalities and ages worldwide.
This competition challenge and inspire the design community to think differently about how objects are made. Plastic is a global problem and each of us can be part of the solution.
Plastic was invented in the late 1800’s. Since its invention, over 8 billion metric tons have been globally produced and more than 50% has been discarded or incinerated. This number is constantly growing: over 322 million metric tons are produced each year, and 8 million metric tons end up in our oceans. This is threatening the health of the marine ecosystems and sea-life. All plastic that is not properly disposed of is toxic in nature, not only at sea but on land. The invention of this class of materials was revolutionary and still today polymers are essential in many industries and goods. While researchers are constantly developing biodegradable polymers, what can be done to lessen the burden of oil-based plastics on the ecosystems? Today plastic trash is one of the biggest resources available: plastic has huge possibilities and potentials if transformed. Ro Plastic Prize wishes to unite the design community in the challenge to use plastic waste before it reaches the waterways and to promote the next generation of design: plastic re-using, recycling and upcycling are the challenges that this prize wishes to bring to the global design community.
The 2020 Ro Plastic Prize will put forward projects that are feasible in practical terms with the added value of contributing to an effective solution for our environmental impact.
• Industrial Design
• Innovative Textiles
• Packaging Solutions
• Conscious Innovation Projects
• Awareness on Communication
Projects in Category 1 must be submitted as Prototypes, sketches and drawings can further illustrate it. Each Prototype must be made out of recycled and recyclable plastic. Prototypes may have minor elements made of non-recyclable plastic and/or other materials, provided that such non-recyclable parts can be easily removed in order to make the Prototype wholly recyclable. Categories 4 and 5 can be written presentations and renderings.
Applications must be submitted in English.
Please submit videos and/or images to explain the process from the idea to the final result. A cover and a personal portrait are required. The limit for each photo is 1MB and the videos should be submitted through a link to a YouTube or Vimeo channel.
An international jury of professionals and experts will select the winners among the finalists, one for each category, who will receive a cash prize.
Each submission will be evaluated with the following four parameters:
• environmental impact,
The best projects will be presented as finalists at Rossana Orlandi Gallery during the Fuorisalone of the 2020 Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan.
There is no entry fee to participate!
Who can participate? ⇣
The 2020 Ro Plastic Prize is open to designers from all countries, backgrounds, curricula and ages. For minors, consent from a legal guardian is required.