Fusion investigates the possibility of using recycled bottle glass as a material for local manufacture.
Glass is widely recycled and infinitely recyclable, but usually the products have a short lifespan. Fusion looks for a new opportunity in this system to increase the value of the recycled material and find opportunities in the use of contaminated glass. Using ancient glass-forming techniques, it creates a distinct aesthetic and functional value, while considering the Circular Economy principles.
Part 1: Tools
The first step was to find out how to create materials from crushed recycled bottles. It was an in depth research on how recycled glass behaves, when fusing it into shape.
The result of the first part of the project was a process and the tools to turn recycled glass into a material.
Part 2: Tests
The second part of the project was an extensive research with a local glass recycling company on what kind of materials could be created from recycled bottles-glass with the discovered processes. It resulted in a material library of a wide range of samples with different properties.
The material research lead to finding three different types of materials. Semi-transparent material, which reflects light, a opaque material, which absorbs water and a translucent material, which is made from contaminated mixed glass shards, which are too small for being detected by optical colour sorting.
Part 3: Material Applications
After the material properties were analysed, a series of experimental tests lead the way towards finding application possibilities for the materials, to show the unexpected qualities of the created materials.
The Microgreen Tile
The MIcrogreen tile takes advantage of the water absorbent quality of the material. It provides a clean and easy to use base for growing Microgreens hydroponically.