This collection includes tabletop organizers, lamps, planters and some random products made out of Industry Waste.
I've collected a handmade paper company's waste based in Jaipur, India, working with the ancient art of paper-making by recycling the fabric remnants from garment manufacturing industries and converting them into handmade paper.
The company produces paper waste in huge amounts during the production of products. The company has a separate area where they dump the waste, which is not used/ recycled further in any way.
With the idea of recycling paper, not only once but as many times as possible, I came up with the idea of using the age-old technique of paper mache, prevalent in Rajasthan, India, to create interesting utility products.
I have also fused different materials and Natural Dyes to these products, adding to both it's functionality & aesthetic appeal.
Waste paper is firstly collected and run through a rag chopping machine.The bits are mixed with water and passed through blades to form a paste and then colored with natural dyes made from vegetables and spices. The pulp is further developed into a final product with the help of natural binders and home cooked natural glue.
Good industrial waste management is important because it helps the environment, protects human health, and lets the business avoid liability. In these times of "woke" consumerism it is also very important to understand the difference between upcycling and recycling. Might not seem like a lot but there is a significant difference between the two terms. "Upcycling" is different from "Recycling" because it uses less energy to create a new item. It benefits the environment by promoting "reuse" of paper over discarding, and most significantly, opposes over-consumption of paper products. It is the process of taking something that's essentially waste and moving it up the consumer-goods chain A lot of you might not even be aware this word "Upcycling which was coined by William McDonaugh and Michael Braungart in their book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things. They described it as a process of converting 5 industrial nutrients (material) into something of similar or greater value in its second life. On a less technical definition, upcycling is a process in which disposable or discarded items are re-purposed to make them valuable, useful, or simply aesthetically pleasing.