The future is not recycling. The future is Upcycling. Upcycling is the practice of taking an object that has come to the end of its lifecycle and transforming it into something with a new purpose or value. Upcycling uses less energy and uses the whole material of the product to be repurposed. Recycling is broken down each time and ultimately disposed of when the material can no longer be broken down into a lesser form. Recycling is still more beneficial than throwing an item in the garbage but where upcycling can be used we provide a better platform for sustainability.
Using Sonotubes that were excess to the needs of the studio for day 5, a modular shelving unit was created. I have used the stacking nature of round objects to help stipulate the structure that can be built. Using a small wooden clip to make sure the shelves do not slip apart helps to keep the structure rigid. The wooden shelving gives a flat surface and the different lengths allow objects of a varying size to be accommodated.