Environmental protection is one of the dominant issues of our time. Now ideas are needed on how you can recycle fabrics sensibly. What two students came up with at the renowned L’école de Design in Nantes Atlantique is also new and spectacular. They found a way to turn old chewing gum into a new wheel for a skateboard. In this way, helpful something should emerge from something old in the future. Like many people, Vivan Fischer and Hugo Maupetit had enough time available in the past few months. They use this to create a new idea. Both are studying design in their third year in France.
Old chewing gum pollutes the cities on every corner. Collecting them again or even recycling them can prove to be complicated. The pollution of our environment with plastic is a big issue worldwide. The circular economy can remedy this. But how do you recycle old chewing gum? Now the two industrial design students may have found a solution for this. As a first step, the two designed new collection stations for old chewing gum. They already set this up in various places in Nantes. In a first step, the initiators ensure that the used chewing gum no longer ends up on the streets and pollutes them.
Collect, Introduce And Sell
But what use are these collecting stations if nobody knows them and nobody uses them? So the two inventors came up with a way to promote it. The key to success, in this case, was competition. At the same time, they presented their second invention. The winners could buy the new skateboard wheels made of chewing gum at an attractive price discount. Of course, that caused quite a stir. Many people took part and stuck their old chewing gum on the new collection stations. So these could be collected and recycled instead of ending up on the streets.
In a second step, the two industrial designers dedicated themselves to the skateboard wheels. They found two great partners to support the process. These were the skateboard manufacturer VANS and the chewing gum manufacturer Mentos. After all, chewing gum consists predominantly of synthetic plastic polymers. These are not biodegradable. But they are also very suitable for plastic rolls. The basic requirements for the development of this new product were therefore ideal.
Then it was about collecting the chewing gum from the collection points. For this purpose, the remains were scraped off and processed. The two supporters found their advertising opportunity on the new product with the imprint VANS x mentos. That consists of rollers with a total of three different degrees of hardness. In the future, one would like to produce these in various roll sizes. These will then fit on all standard skateboard models. However, the plans of the two students are extensive. You don’t want to limit your project to Nantes but to roll it out to all of Europe. In this way, they can help clean up the cities and at the same time bring a new, innovative product onto the market. Vivan Fischer and Hugo Maupetit use it to collect something from the street and give it back a new product. The skateboard wheels made from old chewing gum make cities cleaner and more colourful.