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Rachel Knight
8.3 Billion
Rachel Knight’s 8.3 Billion aims to raise awareness of the amount of plastic waste we create through teaching DIY recycling using two small appliances to create jewellery from waste plastic.
Rachel Knight
8.3 Billion

Rachel Knight’s 8.3 Billion aims to raise awareness of the amount of plastic waste we create through teaching DIY recycling using two small appliances to create jewellery from waste plastic. The jewellery begins as simple, stackable pieces, designed to attach together in different formations, allowing the wearer to personalise by adding and removing sections to change the lengths.

As more plastic is used and more modules are created the jewellery begins to look more like chains which gradually wrap around the body and beyond, echoing plastic’s own history -from beginnings as  versatile wonder-material to overwhelming environmental problem.

The biggest human impact on the planet is the manufacture of new things (Porcelijn, 2017) and for Knight one of the biggest ways design can change the world, is by not creating new products

“Why do we need to upgrade and replace things that aren’t broken with brand new products. Why can’t we focus on using what’s already here? The way we live needs to change to use things until they break, get repaired and break again. This is the direction design needs to take”.

Knight takes inspiration from ethical, sustainable design practises. Using natural materials, limited components and manufacturing processes, her projects are aimed environmentally aware consumers and strive to to educate using conceptual design.

Rachel Knight’s 8.3 Billion aims to raise awareness of the amount of plastic waste we create through teaching DIY recycling using two small appliances to create jewellery from waste plastic.
8.3 Billion
DIY recycling appliances to make jewellery from waste plastic. CAD render, 2020
Rachel Knight’s 8.3 Billion aims to raise awareness of the amount of plastic waste we create through teaching DIY recycling using two small appliances to create jewellery from waste plastic.
8.3 Billion
Installation view, 2020
Rachel Knight’s 8.3 Billion aims to raise awareness of the amount of plastic waste we create through teaching DIY recycling using two small appliances to create jewellery from waste plastic.
8.3 Billion
Palimpsest effect when the jewellery is made. Digital illustration, 2020
Rachel Knight’s 8.3 Billion aims to raise awareness of the amount of plastic waste we create through teaching DIY recycling using two small appliances to create jewellery from waste plastic.
8.3 Billion
Installation view, 2020
Furniture suite designed to be sold by Mater.
CAD render, 2019
Flat pack light designed for IKEA.
Laser cut card, 2017
Flat pack light designed for IKEA.
Laser cut card, 2017
Bench designed to suit all social personalities.
CAD render, 2017
Bike shop coin collector
Plywood, recycled parts, 2016
Bike shop coin collector
Detail view. Plywood, recycled parts, 2017