The Bottle-up Project is a series of products made of glass waste tourists leave behind on Zanzibar, a tropical island on the coast of East Africa. An initiative of Hubert and Elisabeth van Doorne and the Dutch Design Week organisation, the Bottle-up Project was exhibited at DDW 2015 and tells the story behind bottle-up, the development process, the products and the follow-up.
Say the project organisers, “In recent years, tourists have become an increasingly important source of income, as well as (glass) waste. A glass of wine with dinner and cocktails on the beautiful beach are part and parcel of the tropical experience for island visitors.”
“Zanzibar is not yet equipped to process or recycle all this glass waste, which means that the glass ultimately makes its way into the beautiful natural surroundings. But what if the tourism that caused this glass waste could also contribute to processing it? Six young Dutch designers travelled to Zanzibar in September to up-cycle the glass waste. During the trip they worked together with local craftsmen to translate smart solutions and local techniques into a first series of beautiful products.”
“Offering the products to tourists on the island completes the circle: the waste caused by tourism is transformed into beautiful, locally produced up-cycle products, whereby the tourists that buy the products directly finance the next step: the development of construction materials made from glass waste. The product line is just the first step towards a cleaner island: the income generated by the products will be directly invested in the development of more constructive solutions for processing glass. After all, only a relatively small proportion of the total amount of glass waste can be used to make these products. The goal is to process large amounts of glass waste into construction materials that can be used on the island.”
“The first team of designers to plunge wholeheartedly into this up-cycling task consists of: Sophie Mensen and Oskar Peet – Studio OS & OOS, Klaas Kuiken – Studio Klaas Kuiken, Tom van Soest and Ward Massa – Stonecycling, Pim van Baarsen en Luc van Hoeckel – Super Local.”