Six finalists announced for Design Innovation in Plastics competition

27 Apr 2018

Students from universities all around the UK and Ireland have created innovative new products to make gardening easier, as they contest the 2018 Design Innovation in Plastics competition.

The brief, Branching Out – Design For Garden Innovation, challenged students to make a product, primarily from plastics, that will better connect people with nature, enhancing the pleasure of gardening or leisure activities within the garden, or by helping to soothe mind and body after a long and stressful day.

Chairman of the judges, Richard Brown, managing director of RJG Technologies Ltd, said, ‘The way the students interpreted the subject varied tremendously and it challenged the judges to compare some very diverse solutions, ranging from nature to leisure.’

From 140 submissions, judges have selected the top six entries.

Finalists Include Syeda Fatima Abedi Manji, from De Monfort University, who has created Ginko, a children’s planter for urban spaces.

Olivia Sarah Alexander has also made the final with her bee-friendly planter that administers an anti-mite chemical directly to the bees.

Another top contender is Lewis Brown, from Teeside University, who designed Dynamic Grip, an ergonomic garden multi-tool targeting gardeners with arthritis.

Zeina Mofti, impressed the judges with G Cycle, a product which combines modern indoor gardening with home aquariums to provide a relaxing environment.

William Oughton will compete with his Bulb Garden Furniture, a set of garden accessories designed to enhance unattractive fencing.

Lastly, Alex Roquero from Brunel University has produced a portable balcony shelf, which optimises space in reduced areas.

These students have now been asked to refine their entries, presenting their products for final judging on 25 May. The overall winner will be announced at a ceremony organised by IOM3 and the Worshipful Company of Horners in London on 6 July.



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