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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Video Reflections

For all industrial designers it is important to know how certain things are made, so that they can utilise this knowledge and apply it to their designs. The series of videos of “how it is made” explains the process of how different packaging is made from the raw material and the processes it must go through to achieve the final product. These packaging includes cardboard boxes, packaging tubes, tetrapak, aluminium cans, plastic bottles/jars and glass bottles. These video are a good resource for industrial designers to find out how certain things are made and are easy to understand and gather information from. They give designers a quick and easy method to learn about a production process that might be relevant to their current project and gives them an insight on what happens during the production of different packaging materials.
There is also a video on recycling and how these packaging products are recycled and what happens to our other general waste.  This video is also a good resource for industrial designers because they can see how their packaging products are recycled and what is not recycled. It also shows how general waste is discarded after no longer needed and also that there are some benefits from land fill and general waste. After watching this video I found that my ideas for assignment have been tweaked because of the waste that the human race discards and the amount of rubbish we throw out.
The series “giving packaging new life” also is very informative and a good resource for industrial designers. It gives a brief over view of the recycling process of consumer products and packaging. In the series it expresses six main types of packaging materials that designers use around the world. Similar to the recycling video in ‘how it is made’ it goes through the process of how products and packaging are sorted once thrown away and then the process of how the materials are recycled and turned into new material. After watching this series of videos I found that some of my initial material choices for assignment were not the best. Now I can safely choose a material that I know will be able to be fully recycled and reused leaving a less environmental foot prints.
It was interesting to learn for the videos that some of these recycled materials are used for a total different application then firstly used. Such as the plastic and aluminium in tetrapaks are used for cement which I a totally different application than firstly used for, glass bottles are required to be separated by their colour when being recycled because different colours are recycled differently and that plastic packaging used to be incinerated or sent to landfill before people started to recycle plastic products and packaging.
The most interesting video of the series was the final video on the future of recycling and sorting. This video showed the first fully automatic sorting plant which was built in Hannover, Germany. This machine consists of a large sieve drum which separates most of the waste based on the size and shape characteristics. To separate metal objects a large magnet is passed over the top and the waste, all metal waste clings on the the magnet and is taken to a separate area. I found it interesting that this machine uses large washing drums to separate paper from the waste.
As an industrial designer I would be knowledgeable to watch these two series because it show both how different packaging is made, how we recycle our old packaging and products and how we can use this recycled product to create new things and keep an sustainable system of waste rather than moving everything to land fill. We also learn that new innovations in recycling such as the automatic sorting plant in Germany will help our world deal with human waste and its ever growing number and the draw from countries doing the right thing (such as Germany)when it comes to recycling and waste. 

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