Wabo is a collection of handboards created from plastic waste from 3D printed prototyping.
Eight million pieces of plastic end up in the ocean every day. That’s a lot of plastic. While some brands are engaging in fancy sustainable practices that have more to do with marketing than carbon-neutral manufacturing, other brands are learning how to make something out of the plastic waste they produce.
Designate: Uido design studio
Multidisciplinary design studio Uido Design is a studio known for its catalog of 3D printable product designs and its team does something about the waste they produce during the design process. Shredding the plastic waste produced from 3D printing into pieces, Uido Design uses the waste to create handboards that allow users to surf the waves of the ocean.
Every time Uido Design develops a new product design, tons of boxes are filled with plastic waste from 3D printed prototypes. “Our commitment to the planet is serious,” suggests Uido Design, “and our only waste as a company is these prototypes, so we started thinking about what we can do with them and how we can turn them into a product. new and fun.”
Designed by Lautaro Lucero, the hand boards are handcrafted by him and Tadeo Lucero. After the plastic waste is shredded into small pieces, the duo form 6mm slabs, which are then cut up and made into handboards for paddling through the ocean waves. While handboards are by no means a necessary product, they are a fun way to make something out of scraps that can and will be used.
Uido Design Studio shreds plastic waste into pieces before turning them into 6mm plates.
A snug strap is then attached to the curved plates for secure hand placement.