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Designing small plastic pieces for multiple functions - storage, mobility, and play?!? Lessons from LEGO

Small plastic pieces that aid in storage and mobility can also be used for play and other functions that promote retention after initial use

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Small plastic pieces used in Case 2 (Bottle caps & tear offs) can find a use beyond that of a lid for plastic storage. Lego pieces are probably the most famous product case of small plastic pieces that are designed in such a way to elicit play when joined together.

If plastics are to find a second life after their use in portable storage, then there needs to be an incentive to reimagine what their use could be in a different context. Since bottle caps and tear-offs can't be remoulded after their initial use, perhaps they could be designed in such a way to serve multiple purposes after being used as a package cover. Designing them in bright colours and inventive shapes may make for nice desk toys or playthings for children.

How does this research relate to our Use Cases?

Case 2 - relates to how design of plastic coverings can serve multiple functions

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

The importance of designing our plastics to have more than one, basic use before being discarded and providing an incentive for long-term household retention.

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Hi Will!
There are 3 days left in the ideas phase of the circular design challenge! It would be great to see your ideas there, submit your idea via -

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