Recent RISD grad Jiwon Choi reached out to us about her recent travails in finding a manufacturer for her Tyvek Vase. "Since it is a relatively new material, no one is willing to experiment with it. Some manufacturers said they are reluctant to use Tyvek because they don't know what it is. Tyvek is reusable and in many cases, it has more positive side than plastic. I'm hearbroken."
The remarkably simple object consists of a sheet of Tyvek, a versatile waterproof paper developed by DuPont, coiled into a conical vessel, an elegant repurposing of the industrial material. Designed just in time for Valentine's day, the objective was to create a simple and light (yet strong enough to stand) package for flowers. Flowers will go back to the soil, Tyvek will have have a second life too; repurposed for products like corrugated pipes and landscape material.
We wish Choi the best of luck in finding a manufacturer—surely our readers can provide some leads?