Not Just Useless

Hungarian designer Katalin Huszár’s project 'Not Just Useless' is an eco-design initiative focussed on collecting and re-using plastic straws with the aim of raising awareness about excessive consumer waste.

Influenced by the straw-littered streets of Bairro Alto, in Lisbon, Portugal, the project aims to create a new mindset for a seemingly trivial, yet troubling phenomenon. Huszár’s intent is to collect used straws from consumers at dedicated locations and organisations in Lisbon and allow designers to create new objects with them. These objects then return to the very same sites, offering consumers a chance to see their 'not-so-useless' waste be reinvented into new designs. 

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