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Design for the Recycled and Cool:
“The Amazing Recycled Bottle Materials Design Awards”
2021 Result Announcement
Poster Design: Tian Bo

In 2021, Coca-Cola (China), MUJI (China), and Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation co-launched “The Amazing Bottle Recycled Materials Design Awards", aimed at promoting the design and application of recycled materials and supporting the growth of young designers. The recycled designs used PET bottles (rPET, rPETG), caps(rPE), cans (recycled aluminum) and glass bottles (recycled glass) from every day life to show they are safe, effective, and even cool.

In just two months, and with support from over 10 organizations across the country, including online retailer companies, media platforms and academic institutes, this award attracted talented participants from various creative backgrounds, such as fashion design, graphic design, architectural design, furniture design, jewelry design, system and service design, material research, art installation, media communication, and new media art.

By January 12th, 2022,  the award committee received a total of 349 submissions from 21 provinces of mainland China, Hong Kong(China), Taiwan(China) and 6 foreign countries. The widely-diverse and highly personalized designs focused on social and public welfare issues like animal protection, public facilities, community building, campus services, care for autistic children, companionship for the elderly, health care,etc. After two rounds of judging, 4 awards were given to 14 finalists. Naoto Fukasawa, Kenya Hara, Lin Cunzhen, Lu Wenyu, Wang Shu, Wang Yudong, Zhang Lihui, Zhang Jiantao formed the final judging panel. This article announces the winning candidates.

The winners of the 4 awards (Grand Prize, Designer Award, Public Design Award, Special Design Award) will be granted financial support, cross-industrial collaboration, exhibitions, interviews, and publishing opportunities.   





-The Amazing Bottle-
// GRAND PRIZE //
Stray Pets Cattery

Designer Team:1004TEAM
Team Introduction:
1004TEAM, a group of cat lovers that also love to design, want to give cats a happier life with this “amazing” opportunity.

This cattery will encourage more awareness around stray cats and discarded bottles. After the recycling process, the bottles will be made into recycled materials and created into “amazing” homes for cats.

Comparing to other catteries on the market, this product consists of two sets of identical parts: 3 rectangular models, 2 triangle models. Damaged parts can be easily replaced in order to reduce waste.

A recycled aluminum plate with a QR code would be placed above the front “door”of the cattery.  People can use their smartphones to scan the QR code and access more information about each cattery, plus enter a chat room where they can exchange tips about caring for homeless cats in the neighborhood.


Comments: 

“I affirm that the work focuses on homeless cats. Humans can create an environment that is beneficial to themselves, but they are indifferent to the changes in the living environment of other animals. The design itself is also good, but its focus resonates with me the most.”
—Kenya Hara
Consultant with MUJI


“With sufficient research, the designers were able to use recycled materials to design a home for stray cats. They have taken public welfare and operability into consideration.”
—LIN Cunzhen
Vice Dean, School of Design, Central Academy of Fine Arts

“This product contains both functional and emotional value. The value of an eco-friendly design was shown through the balance between costs, risk, user, and scenery. To consider the relationship between human, object and setting, the designers needed to discover special solutions to ordinary subjects. This design has solved multiple problems, while taking the humane side into account.”
—ZHANG Lihui
President of Caixin Media

“When human beings shift their focus from themselves to things around them, they will have broader minds and a deeper connection to humanity. The designers focused on homeless animals, effectively used recycled materials, and fully considered the different settings with practicality in production. Interestingly, one of the materials used in this product is rPET, which has ‘pet’ in it.”
—ZHANG Jiantao
Vice President of Coca-Cola Greater China and Mongolia



-The Amazing Bottle-
// Designer Award //
fizzing lamp

Designers:Liu Yiting, Wu Chang, Zhong Chaoze
Designers Bio:
Graduated with a Masters of Product Design from The Pratt Institute, Liu Yiting has worked at a lifestyle and children’s furniture brand.

Graduated from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Wu Chang has won several design awards, including A’Design Award, Asian Design Prize, K-Design Award; he also has participated in the 2020 Design China Beijing and will participate in the 2022 Shenzhen Creative Week WISE New Designers Program. Wu Chang is now working and living in Beijing.

Graduated from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Zhong Chaoze has won the Asian Design Prize. He will participate in 2022 Shenzhen Creative Week WISE New Designers Program. He is now working and living in Beijing.


Fizzing lamp is a portable lighting device for daily life. The design is based on human senses: the action of  switching the knot would stimulate a change of the light that mimicking the movement when soda floats to the neck of the bottle. It will remind people of the exciting feelings when opening a bottle of Coke.

The knot is made of rPE and the body of lamp is made of rPETG.

Comments:

“Coca-Cola's red cap is symbolic, and key to this design’s lighting function. The shape of the lamp reminds people of a bottle.”
—Naoto Fukasawa
Consultant with MUJI


“This design combines aesthetics and practicality.”
—LIN Cunzhen
Vice Dean, School of Design, Central Academy of Fine Arts


“The design of the lamp symbolizes eco-friendly practices. And with its everyday use, it could remind people of eco-awareness on a daily basis.”
—ZHANG Lihui
President of Caixin Media

“This kind of design is simple, cute and, convenient—you can say it’s ‘not’ designed. If made into a commodity, it could become very popular when launched on the market.”
—ZHANG Jiantao
Vice President of Coca-Cola Greater China and Mongolia




-The Amazing Bottle-
// Public Design Award //
Goodcycle Quality Education Program


Designer Team:P.E.T. Plastic Ecological Transformation
Team Bio:
Plastic Ecological Transformation, P.E.T., is a B2B recycled polyester (rPET) specialist providing supply chain solutions aimed at achieving a Plastic Neutral status with the highest efficiency. All products use 100% rPET materials that are local, certified and traceable – reducing the environmental pollution and establishing achieving development goals.

P.E.T was founded in July 2017 by Jane Zhao, a post-80’s mother of two and veteran of the fashion manufacturing industry. Perturbed by the state of pollution in China - which her children will inherit - Jane Zhao decided to tackle the problem at its root – sustainable raw materials. By combining the traditional textile practices with sustainable development initiatives, P.E.T. not only meets the needs of the modern age, but protects the “green rivers and green mountains” for future generations to come.


In 2020, China announced the country was relieved from absolute poverty – basic human needs such as food, shelter, education, and health care were accessible to all. However in many regions, schools are unable to make uniforms mandatory due to the financial burden purchasing uniforms would put on the families. Thus, there are more than 4000 schools that are without uniforms.

The benefits of donating school uniforms are many and all begin with a set of clothes. For students, it instils a sense of belonging and unity to the school community. On a cold winter’s day, a well-constructed uniform is a survival tool that helps stay warm and encourages students to study.

Each set of donated uniforms uses 38 recycled bottles and will bring warmth and security to students.



Plastic Ecological Transformation, P.E.T., and Shanghai Adream Foundation have raised funds and collected discarded PET bottles that have been transformed into uniforms. P.E.T. hopes to raise more donations to produce even more environmentally conscious school uniforms for students in underprivileged regions.



Comments:

“Things that are made from recycled and reused materials may not be the most precious, long-lasting objects. In this case, it makes perfect sense to use the materials to make children’s uniforms due to the physical body growth and intense activities of children—the lifespan is relatively short.”
—Naoto Fukusawa
Consultant with MUJI

“Making plastic into fabric is no longer a new idea but promoting this idea at a school setting is rather exciting. For recycled materials, it is important to focus on public education.”
—Kenya Hara
Consultant with MUJI

“Emotional value is a high-level attribute for a product as it extends the product’s function to human considerations. Uniforms can solve the problem under special circumstances. For example, if it was used to help impoverished people. This program could be conducted as a series.”
—ZHANG Lihui
President of Caixin Media




-The Amazing Bottle-
//Special Design Award//
RecyCool Guitar Project


Designer: Hayes Liu
Designer Bio:
With a master degree from The Academy of Art University in San Francisco, the cross-disciplinary artist Hayes Liu has done work across the Advertisement, Graphic Design, Pop Art, Film and TV Directing, Photography and Music Production industries. Hayes Liu is the founder of GuruLab, a creative lab for advertisement making. He is also the former creative director of Jiuyi Advertisement Group and Designer with CSG.


200 bottle caps were transformed into a performance level guitar by recycling discarded bottle caps from various Coca Cola beverages. The environmentally friendly guitar was created by encapsulating bottle caps in the guitar’s body using resin to keep their original form and highlight their beautifully vibrant colors. As the resin solidified, the bottle caps eventually settled in a final gravity-defying arrangement which was inspired by the natural formation of amber. The guitar, which is meant to be played, exemplifies the balance between aesthetics and practicality.

How to “de-industrialize” and realize eco-friendly goals? Hayes Liu believes that the recycling and remaking process was the “coolest” of all. Using art and craft, we made it new, innovative and artistic, Recycool, the combination of “recycle” and “cool” eventually came true.


Comments:

“In many people’s impression, Coca-Cola is closely attached to youth culture. This guitar encapsulates the caps inside the body, successfully and symbolically combining the two, young and recycled.”
—Naoto Fukasawa
Consultant with MUJI

“ As a work for recycled material design award and as a work for a cool guitar, symbolizing rock and roll, this work successfully sends out clear messages. This idea could also be used on other recycled materials other than the caps, but for a competition sponsored by Coca-Cola, the message of the competition was vividly displayed.”
—Kenya Hara
Consultant with MUJI

“The color is bright, beautiful and interesting, and at the same time, the whole idea has environmental protection symbols and public significance.”
—LU Wenyu&WANG Shu
Co-Founders of Amateur Architecture Studio

“The concept is very cool. It turned wastes into a trendy decorative guitar. It suits for customization, but is difficult to put into mass production.”
—ZHANG Lihui
President of Caixin Media

“What sensory experience do recycled materials give us? Vision and touch are the two main answers. This work added auditory and made hearing a core to the work. In Chinese traditional culture, we believed that music came from people’s deep and honest feelings, and also could be happiness shared by a group. This work presents recycled materials in front of us with a beautiful appearance and sound, turning environmental protection into a cool thing. If there is a chance, I would like to hear the sound of recycled materials very much.”
—ZHANG Jiantao
Vice President of Coca-Cola Greater China and Mongolia



-The Amazing Bottle-
// Excellent Entries //

(Fourteen designers or teams shown in no particular order)

FIVE METAL RE-ACCESSORIES
Design Team: Wu Chang, Zhong Chaoze, Liu Yiting

“As jewelry, this design still needs further improvements, but as a design of recycled material, it didn’t downgrade but ‘up-cycled’ the materials. I appreciated this concept, as the highlight of  this work isn’t about the gemstones but about the thoughts—it’s a good way to approach design.”
—Kenya Hara
Consultant with MUJI



Hanger
Design Team: F. Works

“The recycled aluminum material is used at low cost, without waste, and the shape is very simple and beautiful. The hook has the right width to hang the clothes vertically and more organized.”
— Kenya Hara
Consultant with MUJI



LUGGAGE DESIGN
Designer:Dragon TAN

“The shape of this luggage is simple, practical, and fashionable. I hope it would be one of the products for recycled plastic.”
—LU Wenyu&WANG Shu
Co-Founder of Amateur Architecture Studio


The E-waste O light
Design Team:Orange Creative&A4M group

“I have positive feelings towards this delicate design. Each part is made with different kinds of recycled materials— this level of categorization is impressive.”
—Kenya Hara
Consultant with MUJI
 

aranya X BOTTLOOP rain coat
Design Team: aranya kids

“I’m very glad to see that rain-coat is included in fashion design. This product looks like a chic jacket. We won’t use the same raincoat for many years, so using recycled PET is good for this type of design. From now on ‘long life use’ means: discard→recycle→regenerate→consume.”
—Naoto Fukasawa
Consultant with MUJI



Regenerative Environmental Art Wall Design at Jin Tong Road in CBD Beijing
Design Team: Lin Li, Zhihao Liang

“In the CBD of Beijing, a large wall was set up to resemble a green landscape, creating a view that busy white-collar workers would certainly notice. The material used on the wall was obviously from recycled plastic bottles—a direct and active response to the theme, ‘the amazing bottles’. The biggest advantage of this design lies in the systematic planning: beverage bottle recycling, wall brick processing, scenario application, as well as the mature practice of wall construction, maintenance and reuse. This work can be industrialized.”
—WANG Yudong
Vice President of Beijing Gehua Culture Development Group Co.,Ltd.


Return of Flowers
Designer: Chengzheng Ji

“In modern living spaces, the return of recycled materials and the ‘return’ of plants seem to have entered the same growing curve. This curve relates to human’s change in valuing nature. This work is very small, but it combines exquisite emotion with a practical plan to carry out the spirit of the award.”
—ZHANG Jiantao
Vice President of Coca-Cola Greater China and Mongolia


Co-Green
Design Team: Four Huskies

“It's easy to understand why recycled bottles return to the city as potted plants through Coca-Cola's iconic vending machine."
—Naoto Fukasawa
Consultant with MUJI



“Bottle” Guard Rails
Design Team: WANDER DESIGN

“Environmental protection is something that everyone needs to participate in. The value of public welfare should rely on the public’s demands, address their needs, and seamlessly integrate into their lives.”
—ZHANG Lihui
President of Caixin Media


FLOW WITH TOUCH
Design Team: SHENGLUN HUANG、JIACHENG MAO、ZIJIE GUO

“It is great that this work was inspired by families with autistic children and created out of actual experiences. From the explanation, it is a psychological effect that autistic children always like to carry an object, but how the shape was created was certainly special.”
—Kenya Hara
Consultant with MUJI


Reform Standard
Designer: Chien-hua Huang

“Stone-laying is to find the right stones and choose the right direction for configuration when masonry is laid. This project is using A.I. to do ‘stone’ laying. Because this is an item that is remodeled hope it has a suitable combination of remodeling algorithm and does not bring noise to the environment.”
—Naoto Fukasawa
Consultant with MUJI


The Good Plastic
Design Team: F.O.R Architects+Blai Studio

“The root of renewable resources is the product’s self-regeneration. Standards and implementation of regenerative production can improve the regenerative problem from a social issue to an industry problem.”
—ZHANG Lihui
President of Caixin Media


“This is not just a can of CocaCola”
Designer: Jiabao Zhang

“This design used analogies of things that can be easily thought of, such as a cup of coffee or the size of a tennis court when presenting an idea. Coca-Cola is popular, so using its cans as a unit will make it easier for people to imagine.”
—Naoto Fukasawa
Consultant with MUJI


Recycled Kintsukuni
Design Team:∑ Design Studio

“It is doubtful whether it can be realized, but from a moral or educational point of view, it is a work that simply expresses the attitude of ‘repairing with plastic.’ It has an impact in terms of promoting recycling.”
—Kenya Hara
Consultant with MUJI


About the Award

“The Amazing Bottle Recycled Materials Design Awards” is the first renewable-material design award in China that focuses on cross-industry and social collaboration. The international jury panel, governmental organizations, education institutes, technology companies, business developers, arts administrators, non-profit organizations, media, and other professional leaders work together to promote the common mission of a sustainable future and values of eco-humanities. We believe that, by combining contemporary life aesthetics, public demand, education, and promotion together, the application of recycled materials will be greatly expanded, contributing to the development of the sustainable design industry.




Organizations

Leading Institutes
Beijing Design Week
China Environment News

Co-Organizers 
Coca-Cola China
MUJI China
Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation



Exclusive E-commerce Partner
Tmall

Collaborators
(A-Z)
Alibaba Design | Beijing Industrial Design Promotion Organization | BOTTLOOP | Caixin Culture | Erdos Group | Rong Design Library |
Sany Foundation | Tencent Customer Research&User Experience Design Center | Zhongguancun Industrial Design Association

Strategic Media Collaborators 
(A-Z) Assbook | Civic Media | Globle Design | id-club | IndustialDesignClub.com | INTERNI-CHINA | Global Knowledge Leifeng | Japan Design Station |
Sanlian Life Lab | Timeout Beijing | That’s Beijing | the Beijinger | Re:Generation | UniDesignLab | NetEase Art | Artron.Net | ArtExpress | Art.China.Cn | China Daily | ZaomeDesign


Academic Support
(A-Z)

Beijing Normal University School of Future Design
School of Visual Arts Design Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts


Jury Panel
(A-Z)
Naoto Fukasawa
Kenya Hara
Lin Cunzhen
Lu Wenyu
Wang Shu
Wang Yudong
Zhang Lihui


Material Expert Committee
(A-Z)
Dong Xingguang
Guan Yue
Jiang Wanyong
Xu Jiayun
Wang Lingzhi