ReCycle Sustainable Bike Light

Tasked with bringing Circular Economy concepts into Health and Wellbeing, this project was produced for both a module on my course, and also bearing in mind the Design Innovation Plastics 2019 brief.

The reCycle rear light is the first rear light design concept that has been created with consideration of circular economy principles. Cyclists are often very conscious of the environment, and I feel that the market for more sustainable cycling accessories shows great promise for growth in the future, with entries to the market like the EcoHelmet winning a James Dyson award in 2016.

I would also like to add that while I am aware this product is, strictly speaking, not “recycled” – I have chosen this moniker as the market are more familiar with the term than “remanufactured”.

Designing for the circular economy is something that I have never done before, so this project has been a very interesting learning curve – of particular interest to me is design for dissassembly, and the fixing & hacking movements. Unfortunately due to the nature of this particular project I have not been able to explore these aspects of design for the circular economy in more detail, but these are areas I will consider more in all of my projects moving forward.

Background

The marine pollution crisis has focussed attention on the ‘disposable’ nature of single-use plastics that has unfortunately encouraged littering across the world, particularly where there is no infrastructure for collecting waste and recyclable materials.

To redress the balance, this brief addresses the latest initiatives related to the Circular Economy with Zero Waste requirement, where everything is valued and nothing is wasted.

You are challenged to produce a design on the theme of improving health, well-being or encouraging exercise.

In doing so we ask you to focus on the longevity properties and effectiveness of plastics as a material and the benefits they bring to the modern world.

Your design can either be a completely original product or an innovative rethink of an existing single-use design which is due for disposal or recycling. In either case, it is important to consider how you can positively impact the public perception and value of plastics so that your product is welcomed and accepted.

It should be:

  • Original (please thoroughly check for ‘prior art’ before submitting)
  • Sustainable
  • Cost effective to manufacture
  • Affordable and user friendly

Our judges will be seeking a clear understanding of the target market for your product and how you intend to commercialise it.