November 2018

Don’t blame plastic, it didn’t want to be rubbish

26 November 2018
Following on from my last post about the word ‘single-use’ becoming the word of the year, and the connotations that single-use plastics are bad plastics I wanted to explore the relationship people have with the material. [1] A lot of people associate plastics with waste, pollution, and litter. We...
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A parade at MoDiP

21 November 2018
Whilst filing paperwork recently I came across the leaflet for the Eames Elephant we have in our collection. Elephant stool, Charles and Ray Eames, Vitra, 2012. AIBDC : 006729 It is a favourite object of mine, and it got me thinking about other elephants we have in our collection. A quick word...
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My life in telephones

13 November 2018
The first telephone I can remember dated from the 1970s and was the two-tone brown/grey 746 model, rented by my parents from British Telecom. Made from sturdy ABS , it sat on the shoe cupboard in our drafty hall, by the front door. Conversations were uncomfortable as they were held standing up in...
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Word of the year?

7 November 2018
Collins dictionary has declared 'single-use' to be the word of the year in 2018, they suggest it is a term that describes items whose unchecked proliferation are blamed for damaging the environment and affecting the food chain. Single-use refers to products – often plastic – that are ‘made to be...
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