The London Royal College of Art partnered with the industrial design firm, PriestmanGoode to challenge students in a contest called Precious Waste. The goal was to transform plastic waste into new raw material using as minimal energy as possible. Bethany Voak turned polystyrene foam into drywall replacement and artwork; Henrietta Dent turned plastic nets to create train seat cushions which are stronger due to its woven shape; and Lianyi Chen used polystyrene material to make material that could be used for sound insulation. “The students were free to consider how their new materials, surface finishes, or textures could be used in different environments, whether in retail spaces, restaurants, hotels, or transport environments,” said the contest website.

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