Over the past 40 years, the amount of waste Singaporeans produce has increased seven-fold, to 7.7 million tons in 2017 alone. Every day, about 2,000 tons of waste are dumped on Pulau Semakau, a tiny island 5 miles off the southern coast of Singapore. It is the country's only landfill, and at this rate, it will run out of space by 2035.
For years, Singapore has been working on improving its relationship with waste. Since 2003, it has been treating wastewater to create ultraclean, high-grade reclaimed water (mainly for industrial and air-conditioning purposes). Now, a new exhibition shines a light on the need for a similar mental shift for consumer waste. Called Waste Refinery , it spotlights projects by 20 designers who are using waste as a primary material in their work. On view through January 16, it seeks to reframe trash like plastic milk bottles, food scraps, and discarded textiles not as unwanted materials, but as precious resources.
Waste Refinery isn't the country's first waste-related artistic venture: In January of this year, another exhibition by DesignSingapore Council, R for Repair , showcased the potential and inherent value of repairing by matching 10 designers with 10 broken objects in need of a second lease on life. Now, the curators are hoping that Waste Refinery will inspire consumers to change their habits, and businesses to change their manufacturing processes. "We have to think about the stuff around us that we consume that can become something else, not just go to [Semakau] island," Wee says. "That's when design comes in."
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