Revolution: environmentally conscious design in plastics


In 2018 Collins dictionary declared 'single-use' to be the word of the year.  For them the term 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 used once only’ before disposal. Images of plastic adrift in the most distant oceans, such as straws, bottles, and bags have led to a global campaign to reduce their use.

The word has seen a four-fold increase since 2013, with news stories and images such as those seen in the BBC’s Blue Planet II steeply raising public awareness of the issue.


Objects made of plastics have become synonymous with the term ‘single-use’ and with environmental devastation, as well as the depletion of fossil fuel stocks.  Revolution aims to redress the balance by exploring environmentally conscious design in plastics; the use of recycled and upcycled materials, alternative sources of feedstocks, and the ways in which plastics objects can help to prevent environmental disaster.