• Art-room waste recycled into pencils at Royal College of Art

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    Art can turn messy and pretty wasteful at times. Art also however, can turn into a great way to recycle old stuff. Now, combining art, the concept of recycling, and doing the environment a huge favor, the From Here for Here project at the Royal College of Art in London will use art-school waste and convert it into pencils. Using bits and scraps of waste thrown out of art-classrooms, the project will machine-make recycled pencils, which will then be given out for free to the students. Besides this, the institute also plans to make a few bucks by selling these recycled pencils, forming a complete closed-loop manufacturing chain! Using thrown-away plastic, resin, wood, and fiberboard combined with flour from the school’s café and water, a paste-like material is ground up, perfect for pencil casings.

    To make the lead, the project has made use of dried-out clay from the ceramics department combined with liquid graphite from the glass department and leftover ink from the printmaking department blended with wax from the jewelry department!

    Posted in Topics:Recycle, Tags: , on July 12, 2011