Karoline Healy

‘Domestic Mining is a new term which stands for the re-use of domestic waste in order to extract useful materials.’

The domestic mining project explores a new method of production – a self-sufficient compact sustainable workshop system which transforms household waste plastic into watches.

The idea of a pop-up workshop aims to educate and remind the public about plastic and its potential in the environment.  The workshop is transportable so can travel easily around the community and link with the participants – exploring the idea of fusing the user – designer- maker roles.  Every aspect of the project is built for disassembly and with regard to the whole of the material life cycle – applying the cradle to cradle concept. Constructed using pallet wood, found locally, and screws and bolts. No glue, nails or paints.  It can be dismantled for transportation and disassembled completely at the end of its life to be recycled again. Equipment is hacked parts taken from old domestic appliances.

Made with recycled HDPE or PP plastic, the watch is made from start to finish at the trolley including shredding, moulding, finishing, assembling and packaging .   The flat-pack watch net allows for complete formation by hand.  No glue or additives are used, this means it can be dismantled and recycled again after its use.  Formed into the plastic is an ‘up-cycle passport’, or plastic coding which allows future recyclers to identify the plastic.  The casing is made out of either copper, brass or eco silver and the strap is made of off-cuts of vegetable tan leather, combined a with reclaimed watch movement.

With special thanks to: Rachel Bungey and Phil Neal.


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