I've got my eye on yet another one of Utah's elite young design assassins. A graduate of Pratt Institute in New York City, Jesse Trentadue of 32 United came up with another way to look at some of the plasticware we use on a daily basis. His Obsolete Throwaways are a twist on the classic college party cup and clamshell takeaway, turning them into something sustainable and lightweight.
"In the future when oil becomes too expensive, plastic will no longer be suitable for disposable products. These throwaway objects are often invisible as we only see their function for the brief period we use them for. They have inherent beauty in their super functionality — a single function in as little material as possible and totally inconspicuous. When the material of these super functional and super disposable objects change, do our perceptions about the material and its value also change? What about when these single-use plastics are obsolete?
The ubiquitous plastic party cup is perhaps the most iconic throwaway. It is literally a single-use object with the sole purpose of transporting liquid to the mouth. Typically made from polypropylene, it is not commonly recycled. The remade cup is spun aluminum with grey and gold anodizing which retains the original cups lightness, while remaining warm and seemingly far more precious than the thermoformed polypropylene. What will become of this classic cup when polypropylene becomes too expensive?"
More info at 32united.com.