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MA Design students encourage Surrey shoppers to have a sustainable Christmas

A Christmas tree created entirely of recycled plastic products will be displayed in The Friary Shopping Centre in Guildford this festive season. Designed and created by a team of our MA Design students and staff, the X-Mass tree – whose name highlights the mass of waste created by society – is made up of cuts from over 250 milk bottles and yoghurt pots. All the plastic products have been reclaimed over the past four months from the canteen at our Rochester campus in Kent.

The X-Mass tree represents the final phase in a larger creative project at UCA called DesigneDisposal, which has explored design as a vehicle for social transformation. Project lead and postgraduate course leader Katarina Dimitrijevic hopes that it will educate Surrey shoppers of the concern around plastic pollution.

“In Surrey, only 27 per cent of plastics are currently recycled, and the rest are thrown away. Trillions of plastic items that could be recycled end up in our oceans – and the amount is growing,” said Katarina.

“The X-Mass tree is an example of how we’re looking at using creativity and new design ideas to reduce the amount of plastic ending up in landfills. I hope the X-Mass tree display will show people that plastic items like milk bottles and yoghurt pots are reusable and easy to recycle.”

X-Mass tree

The X-Mass tree has been produced as part of a collaborative project with the Surrey Waste Partnership to remind shoppers about the importance of recycling, particularly over the festive period.

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