Over the past five years, Hong Kong has generated an average of 180 tonnes of yard waste per day, a significant amount of organic material that has largely gone under-utilized. Yard waste encompasses a broad range of vegetative waste, such as leaves, branches, and grass clippings, much of which can be repurposed or recycled following proper treatment. Prince Edward Flower Market, one of the largest plant markets in Hong Kong, serves as a prime example of this issue, with yard waste accumulating daily in the form of discarded plants, off-cuts, and unsold merchandise.
Recognizing the potential of yard waste as an urban resource, this project seeks to transform the perception and treatment of this material, viewing it as a valuable asset for new use and interaction with human behavior. The initiative involves the design and implementation of a mobile workshop that supports adapted paper pulp molding techniques. By leveraging these techniques, the project aims to demonstrate the numerous possibilities of repurposing an under-utilized resource ecosystem for innovative use and design possibilities.
The mobile workshop is envisioned as a multi-functional space that facilitates hands-on learning and engagement with the community. By hosting workshops, demonstrations, and interactive events, the project aims to raise awareness about the environmental benefits of recycling and repurposing yard waste by approaching different parties in Hong Kong, while also fostering a culture of sustainability and responsible resource management.
One key aspect of the project is the development of new, sustainable products derived from the repurposed yard waste. By experimenting with various combinations of plant materials, it is designed to create biodegradable products, nursery planters, all of which can contribute to reducing the city’s environmental footprint.
Ultimately, the project aims to redefine yard waste from being seen as a nuisance to being recognized as a valuable resource with untapped potential. Through the design of a mobile workshop and the exploration of innovative paper pulp molding techniques, the project not only offers practical solutions for repurposing yard waste but hope to also serves as a catalyst for fostering a more sustainable and responsible mindset within Hong Kong and beyond.
- Agency/Creative: Hoi Yan Choi
- Article Title: Urban Botanical Resources: Transformation of Garden Waste
- Organisation/Entity: Student
- Project Type: Spatial
- Project Status: Non Published
- Agency/Creative Country: Hong Kong
- Agency/Creative City: Hong Kong
- Market Region: Asia
- Project Deliverables: Exhibition Design
- Industry: Non-Profit
Educational Institution: Hong Kong Polytechnic University - School of Design
Educators Name: Daniel Elkin
Video Camera Man: Cheung Chun Hoi Moses
Photography Camera Man: Lam Lok Hin Javin