2021 Galleries

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Gill Filter

Entrant

Competition: Spark:Spring Student
Designer: Jia Hyun - Gill Filter
Design Type: Concept, Product & industrial
Company / Organization / School: Design Matter
Team Members: Dakyeong Jeong, Sooa Lee

Plastic is cheap, lightweight, strong and malleable material. Over 300 million tons of plastic are produced every year, half of which is used to design single-use items such as shopping bags, cups and straws. At least 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year. And among which, plastic makes up 80% of all marine debris from surface waters to deep-sea sediments. The solution to minimize the life cycle assessment of micro-plastic is to create a filtration system before the used-water enters the ocean from the drainage. The shape of the filter is shaped as a cone since to filter the flowing water, the water needs to be condensed. Then the skeletal structure was used, which was inspired from the structures of gill rakers inside the fish. This cone-shaped filter is recycled from microfibre collected from each households. Through filtration, microfibre can be collected from the washing machine. Microfibre collected are sent to the company in order to be recycled as a new product. With microfibre collected, they are recycled to be made into filter that goes inside the filtration system. After filters are made, they are sent back to each households for further use.