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RGU start up Origin redefining waste plastic with launch of new product

Sunday 29 November 2020

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Robert Gordon University start-up company Origin are redefining waste plastic by developing an approach to circularity that allows them to recycle materials and design new products, to be produced at the source of the waste to reduce our carbon footprint.

The Origin team - Daniel Sutherland, academic strategic lead, lecturer Ben Durack and student Scott Robertson, all from Gray’s School of Art – work from the Origin test hub at RGU’s Garthdee campus.

All technology within the test hub has been built by the team, which allows them to test and iterate quickly with small volumes, meaning they can develop new products and test new sources of waste easily.

The first origin product has been developed as a unique, locally collected and locally recycled planter which will be on sale at the Aberdeen Christmas Market this week.

Daniel Sutherland, co-founder of Origin, speaks about how their products contribute to a more circular approach to consumption.

He said: “We believe that a de-centralised, micro-circular economy, model can lead to greater collective visibility of circularity and indeed a greater impact for our communities.  We use locally sourced waste plastics to create our products, and we aim to develop a range of connected origin Hubs in other locations to do the same.

“We are thrilled to be launching our first product at the Aberdeen Inspired Christmas Market in December. This will be the first time you can buy our planters in person – and each one is truly unique as the manufacturing process introduces an individually marbled aesthetic so that no two products can ever be the same.

“Products made from plastic that have long lifecycles and are multi-use add real value to our world. Not only can they be used repeatedly, but they can be recycled and transformed into something new within a healthy circular economy.”

Origin took part in RGU’s Startup Accelerator, the first funded programme of its kind in the North East of Scotland which supports the diversification of the regional economy through the yearly creation of new businesses. 

Daniel continued: “At Gray’s School of Art, sustainability is an important context for our students and our staff.  As such, the opportunity to take part in the first RGU Accelerator to take action in this area was fantastic.  This has helped us to raise funding for research and development, and to partner with organisations such as Zero Waste Scotland to apply our research and our design approach to other areas in Scotland to date.

Origin will have a stall at the Aberdeen Christmas Market at the Bon Accord Centre at key dates throughout the month of December. To find out more about Origin, to see their planters, or to order their products that are available to buy now online, visit: https://originthat.com/

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