“Consider a solution to reuse waste which would otherwise have been recycled.”
In our growing world of diminishing resources, the importance of waste management in industry has never been stronger. Whilst manufacturers will always aim to reduce the amount of excess material created, there will always be waste to deal with responsibly. More often than not, this is recycled, and whilst this is an excellent method of waste disposal, the process still requires energy and will often result in carbon emissions.
We challenge you to find a waste material that can be ‘reused’ to create new products before being recycled. Is it possible to transform our waste into viable and desirable new products and give the material a second life before it is finally disposed of responsibly? You can consider any reliable source of waste from any kind of industrial or service environment.
If you are struggling to identify a viable source of waste, some of the following products currently recycled by Triumph Motorcycles might give you some inspiration:
- Motorcycle tyres
- Electrical cable
- Paper (all sizes up to A0)
- Motorcycle components
- Polymer bags (from small to motorcycle sized!)
- Nuts and bolts
- Plastic bottles, drinks cans
- Oil drums
There are five main judging criteria we’ll be considering when we look at your projects. Try and make sure you’ve incorporated something from each of the below to make your project stand out.
Demonstrate that your concept will work in the real world by considering manufacturability, testing, materials, ease of use and that you have appropriately benchmarked and evaluated existing solutions to your problem. We want to see why you made the decisions you made, why did you choose a specific material, concept or method of production, so make sure you lay it out clearly in your submission.
Show us how you have developed an original proposal. The judges will be looking for something that distinguishes your project from all other applications. We are always excited by ideas that we have never seen before.
Explain how you have considered the environmental and social impact of your project to minimise waste or benefit the environment or communities.
With any great idea, however big or small, you’ll need your product to be financially viable with a suitable market. Present to us the commercial side of your product and how you would make it profitable or reduce cost to the customer. How much will your product cost to produce? Do you have any exciting ideas about a potential business that might arise from the sale of your product?
It is rarely a case of form over function, or indeed function over form. We need you to incorporate both. We appreciate functional, yet elegant, well designed and well-made solutions that look beautiful, well considered and appropriate for the user and task in hand.