Because of the labor cost of collecting the bags and the limited production runs possible on the Kingston Press most designs developed at RISD aim for a higher price point. To date, there have been two main initiatives to design ideas: the student-run competition Its In the Bag, and an Industrial Design Studio entitled Waste For Life taught by David Zitnick.
These bi-fold wallets were selected as the first product to test in Buenos Aires. A limited edition of the wallets is available at Bodega, Boston.
A messenger-style bag made from 100 recycled newspaper bags and a single second hand t-shirt. The Metro Bag won the HSBC International Design Award at Made in Brunel.
The C1 Sling Chair is a flat-packing chair made with a ½” steel rod frame and a sling made from low density polyethylene (ldpe) impregnated fabric. The C1 Sling Chair was the winner in the cartonero category of the Its In The Bag competition.
PLASTICBAGWOVENS is an exploration of hand weaving and heating plastic bags. The final application of these techniques could include interior uses for furniture and wall applications. PLASTICBAGWOVENS was the winner in the open category of the Its In The Bag competition.
These lamps are a result of a co-design project with teens in a Rhode Island-based after school program. The Riverzedge Lamp was a finalist in the cartonero category of the Its In The Bag competition. The lamps were exhibited at Made in Brunel and featured at Inhabitat.com.
Slip on rain boots that take advantage of the inherent waterproof quality of the plastic bags. The rain boots were a finalist in the cartonero category of the Its In The Bag competition and have been widely covered in design blogs.
These patterned watch bands are made of pressed plastic bags, cut into strips and formed together. The watch band design was a finalist in the cartonero category of the Its In The Bag competition.
This garment is constructed from turquoise, white and black grocery spun into thread-like strands woven using gil-netting techniques. The dress was a finalist in the open category of the Its In The Bag competition.