Keeping materials cycling throughout the economy is good, right? Perhaps not, if you haven’t considered exactly what materials you’ve got re-entering the loop. Unfortunately, we don’t know all the substances contained in the products and built environment around us, or understand the health impacts that can occur as a result of the accumulation of certain chemicals. Creating pure material flows is a crucial value driver for the circular economy, offering economic and health benefits.
That’s the challenge two designers set themselves with a year-long exchange of hand-drawn infographics
One of the data postcards that Stefanie Posavec and Giorgia Lupi sent over the course of a year. Photograph: Stefanie Posavec/Penguin Random House
Stefanie Posavec had quite a week. She said “fuck” 66 times, “asshole” 12 times and let rip with “shit” on no fewer than 13 occasions. Not that I was counting. She was. And what’s more, she plotted it on a postcard for all the world to see.