The Ca 'Foscari University of Venice, in partnership with the University fablab DEL FABLAB, has launched a virtuous process of circular economy within the University, whit the active participation of the university community.
The circular economy is an economic system designed to regenerate on its own, where all activities, starting with extraction and production, are organized so that someone's waste becomes resources for someone else.
Ca' Foscari project will implement this model inside the University buildings, starting from the recovery of plastic caps that are thrown every day, to transform them into new objects, thanks to the activity of the fablab.
If you work in Ca' Foscari you can also take part in the project, collecting plastic caps and delivering it to your contact person, in order to transform some of your waste into new items.
To take part in the project just fill in the online form to receive the instructions and get a small box with which you can start your collection.
The box was produced inside DEL_FabLab using a 3D printer and polymers derived from corn plants (PLA), making the object completely biodegradable and compostable.
In the instructions you will receive the contact of your reference person who will collect your caps and after three times (about 90 caps collected) the box will be yours.
From September, boxes for collecting caps will be placed in the common areas of the university buildings. Initiatives will be organised to promote the collection and the good practices of waste recycling.
In May 2017 a specific call was launched on this project and about twenty university students have answered the call.
The team is actively involved in the project development, coordinated by the research grant holder Matteo Silverio.
Students in particular support: the process of collecting and transforming the caps, the planning and implementation phases of the collection cycle, the data collection concerning the phases of the project, the transformation of the plastic material, the objects production and the packaging of the final objects.
Furthermore, with the support of the internal structures, they are handling the communication aspects, such as the implementation of the editorial plan, the writing of didactic and descriptive texts, the photo and video documentation of the project in all its phases and the organization of promotional and dissemination initiatives, inside the Campus.