MDFF Greece—Athens & BlueCycle  


During the Milano Design Film Festival Greece—Athens prelaunch mini-event series we got to know the world of BlueCycle, setting the base for a promising relationship. The mini-event included a private tour of the BlueCycle Lab along with a presentation by the BlueCycle team.

The eve concluded with the film screening of the short Second Nature, Daphne Matziaraki, Greece, 2018, 11’39”

During the lab’s tour and presentation the audience had the opportunity to see operating the only large-scale robotic 3D printer in Greece and to get to know the possibilities provided by technology for recycling and upcycling marine plastic waste generated by the fishing and shipping industry. In addition, they got a taste of the material processing, from collection and separation, to the creation of raw material for plastics industry and recycled filament for 3D printers.

BlueCycle is an innovative venture of applied circular economy for European standards, which focuses mostly on recycling of plastic fishing and shipping equipment. Having a holistic approach to the marine plastic waste problem, BlueCycle deals with every stage, from the material collection to the processing and creation of an added value final product. Applying the principles of the circular economy, BlueCycle relies on research and new technology to create a new raw material.

The New Raw is a Research & Design studio based in Rotterdam (NL), founded in 2015 by the architects Panos Sakkas and Foteini Setaki. The studio uses robotic 3D printing with recycled plastic to develop and implement circular design concepts of high aesthetic value and societal impact. The bigger vision behind each of the studio’s projects or products is to contribute to a closed material cycle for plastic, raise public awareness and stimulate  local production. Through the integration of design thinking, robotic production, and material research, The New Raw provides complete design and additive manufacturing  solutions for a more sustainable future!

Second Nature, Daphne Matziaraki, Greece, 2018, 11’39” The short documentary “Second Nature” sheds light to the problem of abandoned fishing nets and how these can be re-used, as raw material, with the help of new technologies. The award-winning documentary filmmaker and Oscar nominee Daphne Matziaraki follows The New Raw, a Rotterdam based architect duo Panos Sakkas and Foteini Setaki, to their journey in Galaxidi, where they set up a mobile 3D-printing lab and make seashells–symbols of a clean sea–from ghost nets recovered from the sea. The film was screened at the Second Nature Symposium in Piraeus, at the Sydney Film Festival, and was nominated for the Global Sustainability Film Awards, organized by TVE at the BAFTAs.

Highlights video ©MDFF Greece by Konstantinos Hillas 

Organized/Produced by MDFF Greece (Annie Markitanis Director of MDFF Greece & Cyprus)


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