Winners announced for PVC redesigned competition 2019

4 Jun 2019

The winners of the VinylPlus UK, IOM3 and MaDE 2019 PVC Redesigned competition have been announced.

The competition 'Designing in a Circular Economy with PVC' was established to engage designers to showcase innovative concepts for the sustainable reuse of PVC. This involved various applications of the material, both rigid and flexible, industrial and consumer.

First place was awarded to Karen Silva from London South Bank University, UK, for her ‘Yuna’ portable water filtration and storage device. Second place was awarded to Kristen Tapping for her ‘Tectum’ water collection roof system and third place was awarded to Helene Benz’s team's ‘Nari' menstrual cup sanitiser.

The winning entries focused on real world challenges from access to clean drinking water, efficient storage and reuse of rainwater, to menstrual hygiene in developing nations. Associate Professor Robin Jones of London South Bank University said, 'The designs showed both creative flair and an attention to detail, and in tackling real-world issues demonstrated a great depth of thought into the product’s lifecycle and practical use.'

Karen Silva’s Yuna portable water purifier was designed to help members of the world’s poorest communities store and purify water, and was lauded by the judges as 'an excellent concept well explained that clearly solves a social need.' Discussing her design, Karen said, 'The PVC competition has taught me the importance of creating new opportunities for other people through reusable products. Reusing simple materials and given them to second use can became extremely important for others in need. Products that for developed countries are waste for third world countries became valuable. I hope to do a fully-working prototype to see if my idea can work and manufactured.'

Tectum was a prefabricated PVC roofing and rain catching system designed to efficiently store and reuse rainwater – the judges were particularly impressed with the 'limited rework and level of detail' shown in the design. Third place, the ‘Nari’ menstrual cup sanitiser, addressed another pressing issue in the developing world.

The finalists were presented their awards and prizes at IOM3 on 26 May 2019.