During a course called ‘Material Design’ at Tsinghua University, Beijing, the design students, including myself, were given a brief to create a solution to the problem of ‘one-time use plastic products’.

Being a Master’s student of Global Innovation Design, this was definitely one of the most impactful briefs I had been provided with. No matter what you create, your intent is clearly to have a positive influence on the planet. But how? There are so many directions one could go with this.

The first step would be to narrow down to one plastic product. Is it take away food containers or in particular plastic cups for iced tea or something like the packaging for instant noodles? …

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