V&A Dundee

Plastic Lab

On now until Sunday, 5 February 2023
  • Date

    Saturday, 29 October 2022 - Sunday, 5 February 2023

  • Time

  • Location

    Plastic Lab

  • Free

  • This event is drop-in.

  • Pop-up talks will be listed on our What’s On page.

Plastic is everywhere. Drop-in and help redesign our relationship with this innovative but contested material.

Plastic Lab invites you to explore the promise and problem of plastic. Housing Precious Plastic recycling machines and hosting a dynamic programme of drop-in events, this free interactive space encourages visitors of all ages to learn, question, challenge, and act on some of the most important issues relating to plastic today. Join us to consider what we as individuals, and as a society, can do to tackle our overreliance on this wonder material?

Hear from contemporary designers, researchers and makers and learn about innovative new material alternatives in pop-up talks. Explore more with board games, identify different types of plastic, and learn how to recycle them at our waste sorting station.

Investigate questions like: What is plastic? Where does it come from? When is plastic a good design choice and when is it not? What are the problems with recycling? What is circular design? How can plastic production and consumption be reduced?

Most importantly – you can get involved, have fun and think up new ways to redesign our relationship with plastic, so we can tackle the problem of plastic pollution together, one step at a time.

In Residence:
Still Life, 28- 30 October

Come along to see Aaron and Will, founders of Glasgow based design workshop Still Life working in our Plastic Lab. They will be demonstrating the Precious Plastic machinery, showcasing how they create their bespoke furniture, objects and more.

DOBA Studio, 9 – 28 November
Come along to meet Bart, founder of Edinburgh based DOBA Studio. Drop in, ask questions, get involved - Bart will be on hand to help you identify different types of plastic at our waste sorting station and explain how you can help tackle plastic pollution. He will be unpacking plastic recycling processes, explaining his sustainable design practice and demonstrating how the Precious Plastics machine can transform plastic waste.

Zero Waste Scotland, 21 – 26 November
Aligning with European Week for Waste Reduction, Zero Waste Scotland and Transition Dundee will be on hand in Plastic Lab to answer your questions about sustainability, plastic and how you can reduce, reuse, and recycle. From bin myth busting to single use plastic spotting, they will be hosting fun, informative, and interactive games for all and giving tips on how to live more ‘circular’ lifestyles which are better for the planet and your pocket.

Plastic: Remaking Our World is the first exhibition co-produced by V&A Dundee, Vitra Design Museum, and maat, Lisbon with curators from V&A South Kensington.

Illustration: Daniel Streat, Visual Fields. © Vitra Design Museum


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