Freewheeling to the top
NCAD INDUSTRIAL design students Boris Kam from Greystones and Ethan Grant from Bray were winners in the TRACS (Tyre Recovery Activity Compliance Scheme) End of Life Tyre Up-cycling Competition.
Their project Stac is a new process which uses existing manufacturing equipment to create the building blocks of outdoor products. It takes crumbed rubber mats made from recycled tyres and applies templates as they're being compressed; formulating any shape suitable for construction of chairs, benches, shelters, walls, audio proofing surfaces and general construction. Stac doesn't create a product, but an industry. The student teams were judged on criteria such as commercial potential for the product, ability to up-cycle large amounts of tyres, the energy used in production and the potential to raise awareness of recycling.
TRACS enlisted the support of the industrial design department in NCAD to demonstrate innovative design solutions for the reuse and recycling of end-of-life tyres, as well as increasing awareness of the possibilities and benefits of tyre reuse and recycling.
Ethan Grant and Boris Kam, students of Industrial Design at NCAD, runners-up in a National tyre recycling competition with their project ‘Stac’.