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Monument, Grainger Street, Newcastle NE1 5AF
19-28 October

Ever thought about the ‘ingredients’ that go into making the stuff you invite into your home?
 
CONTAINS explored the stories behind the products we use every day – the people who make them, the materials they use, the energy consumed, the miles travelled – in an innovative, inspiring and accessible exhibition showing how design can make a difference.
 
CONTAINS housed 100 thought-provoking, sustainable designs from cutting-edge UK designers in shipping containers at Newcastle’s Monument – you couldn’t miss it!

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Er...? Are you a confused consumer?
Finding products that are better for you, for others and for the environment can be tricky. The [re]design CONTAINS exhibition is here to help. Before you buy, read the label, ask questions and find out the story behind the products. What do they contain? How are they made? Where do they come from? Where could they be going? What positive or negative impacts do they have?

These six ‘er’ words introduce the ways a product can be better… for everybody.

Cleaner...?  Products that avoid polluting our air and water.

Look for:

Renewable energy: powered by hand, by the sun, by wind, by water…
Clean manufacture: avoids by-products that damage the environment.

Closer...?  Products that are made locally or made to be loved.

Look for:

Local production: manufactured nearby.
Personalisable: space for you to add your own mark.
Self-make: made or assembled at home.
Bespoke: made especially for you.

Greener...?  Products that use natural, biodegradable materials from well-managed sources.

Look for:

Biodegradable: can be broken down by living organisms and returned to the earth.
Certified Organic: grown with minimal synthetic chemical intervention.
Sustainably grown: natural materials produced in a way that maintains the long-term health of the environment they come from.

Lighter...?  Products that are more efficient.

Look for:

Energy efficient: minimises the use of electricity or heat [in production or use].
Water efficient: minimises the use of water [for washing, cooling etc].
Efficient material use: produced with minimal waste material.
Measures resource use: monitors the use of electricity or water to raise awareness.
Multifunctional: with more than one use.

Longer...?  Products that are built to last.

Look for:

Built to last: made to last a lifetime.
Repairable: easy to mend.
Upgradable: can be transformed into a new, improved version.
Adaptable: can change over time to meet your needs.
Enhanced by age: develops character over time.

Recycler...?  Products that use materials that are reclaimed or easy to recycle.

Look for:

Reuse waste materials: made from reclaimed, recycled or reprocessed materials.
Recyclable: materials that can be reprocessed to be used again.
Designed for reuse: can be used again, and again…
Designed for disassembly: can be taken apart easily for recycling.
Designed for remanufacture: can be refurbished by renovating and reassembling components.
Mono-material: made from a single material, for easy recycling.
Take-back service: products that can be returned to the manufacturer at end of life for recycling.

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Exhibitors

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Barley Massey
Carbon Hero
Carry-a-Bag
Celine Shenton
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Claire Danthois
Clean-Sheet
Clothworks
Cohda
Cool Acoustics
Cycloc
David Colwell
David Stovell
David Weatherhead
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DIY Kyoto
Eleanor Akers
Emma Berry
Enamore
Free Play Energy plc
Front Yard Company
Georgiosi
Giles Miller
girlwithbeads
Green-works
Grown Furniture
Harry Gooby
Howies
Jack Godfrey Wood
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Jessica Martin
Junky Styling
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Kate Goldsworthy
Keep and Share
Kirsty Taylor
Laura Anne Marsden
Live It Green
Lost and Found
Lost values
Lou Rota
Lucy Moose
Lucy Norman
Lynn Kingelin Design Studio
Michelle Brand
Moixa Energy Ltd
Naomi Dean
Naturalmente design
Neda Niaraki
Old Kitchen
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Orangebox
Orikaso
Pieces of You
Pli Design
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Red Mutha
Reestore Ltd
Refab
Re-Form Furniture
Ryan Frank
Scrap?
Spong Designs
Startup Designs
Strida
Studiomold
Terra Plana
Thomas Thwaites
Ting
Tom Ballhatchet
Tom Dixon
Vegware
WEmake  

 

"Contains was one of the highlights of Design Event 07 and truly engaged with the public in a fun and informative way. Redesign are a great team to work with, pulling out all the stops and consistently delivering high quality events with a smile."
Karen Stone, Director, Design Event Festival
 


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CONTAINS in Grainger Street - viewed from the Monument Visitors viewing the "Plastics" container
  CONTAINS tape and Dott07 sticker