Courtney Naismith and Matthew O’Hagan, who carried out their Masters projects at the VUW School of Design Innovation supported by Product Accelerator, have been named runner-up in the 2021 James Dyson Awards for their work on 3D printed artefacts made using recycled plastic waste. The James Dyson Award is an international design award that celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers. Courtney and Matthew will now go forward to the next stage along with young designers from 28 countries. The top 20 projects will be shortlisted in September and an International Winner determined in October. Courtney and Matthew developed the formulations and produced the artefacts for their master’s study on design-led plastic recycling (co-supervised by Product Accelerator Research Leaders Simon Fraser and Jeongbin Ok) , and the creative duo has recently formed a start-up Utilize to continue their journey towards sustainability. .

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