Creating an awareness to protect the environment in future designs: Reuse project

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ARDIN-ARTE DISENO E INGENIERIA, no.11, pp.57-76, 2022 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.20868/ardin.2022.11.4802
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Directory of Open Access Journals, DIALNET
  • Page Numbers: pp.57-76
  • Keywords: Recycling, Reducing, Reusing, Waste, Sustainable Design, Handicapped
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


In today's world, while a lot of materials which are used in printing damage the environment, such as ink, glue, and lacquer and paper, amongst these materials the one which harms the environment by its usage is actually paper. Designers can help protect the environment by reusing paper and reducing the use of paper, thus causing less pollution and waste. It is possible to produce paper by recycling paper waste and such, this is important because natural resources are not limitless. Therefore, one of our goals should be to reuse paper waste in production to reduce the negative effects of paper use and to stop using natural resources unnecessarily. With this in mind, the subject of reuse, which is one of the '3R' concepts and one of the main principles of recycling and protecting the environment, has been chosen in the GRA437 Graphic Design Project I (6+2 7.5) course in Anadolu University, School for the Handicapped, Department of Fine Arts for 4th year handicapped students. In the first part of the project students were informed about reducing, reusing, and recycling. In the second part of the project unique and innovative designs, which enable a second use, were created by choosing packaging either already in use or no longer used.