Waste for Life is "a loosely joined network of scientists, engineers, educators, architects, artists, designers, and cooperatives working together to develop poverty-reducing solutions to specific environmental problems. They use scientific knowledge and low-threshold/high-impact technologies to add value to resources that are commonly considered harmful or without worth, but are often the source of livelihood for society’s poorest members." (wasteforlife.org)
Our studio (Design for Social Entrepreneurship) developed processes for upcycling waste HDPE into salable products with the use of a Kingston heat press. The purpose was to provide ideas and techniques to Waste for Life in order to help the thousands of cartoneros in Buenos Aires whose livelihood depends on collecting and selling recyclable plastic waste.