Ideas for the kitchen and bathroom sought in 2023 student plastics design competition


Budding designers interested in working with plastics have been set a challenge to design a new product for the kitchen or bathroom by the Design Innovation in Plastics (DIP) competition, 2023, sponsored by Covestro.

This competition, contested annually by university undergraduates in the UK and Ireland, is inviting them to design a functional item made primarily from plastics, which is an original concept or a significant improvement on an existing product.

Students must submit their projects by March 26, when a panel of industry judges will scrutinise the entries and choose six finalists.

Chairman of DIP, Martin Sixsmith, said: "There is a great deal of scope to come up with something which could help anyone from children to the elderly or disabled, as well as dealing with issues such as accessibility or the lack of space in either the kitchen or the bathroom. The judges will also be looking very closely at how the designs maximise lifespan and sustainability. We’re very much looking forward to seeing what materialises from this brief."


About DIP: 
Design Innovation in Plastics is the longest running plastics competition of its kind in Europe, having been established in 1985. It is supported by the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining, the Worshipful Company of Horners, and sponsored by leading design and plastics organisations, such as Covestro, which is the headline industry sponsor. 

The entries for the competition will be whittled down to a final six, when the judges meet in April. On May 26, they will ask all six finalists to present their products at an all-day session in London. The final result will be announced at a ceremony in London on July 7. 

About Covestro:

Covestro is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality polymer materials and their components. With its innovative products, processes and methods, the company helps enhance sustainability and the quality of life in many areas. Covestro supplies customers around the world in key industries such as mobility, building and living, as well as the electrical and electronics sector. In addition, polymers from Covestro are also used in sectors such as sports and leisure, cosmetics and health, as well as in the chemical industry itself.

The company is committed to becoming fully circular and is striving to become climate neutral by 2035 (scope 1 and 2). Covestro generated sales of EUR 15.9 billion in fiscal 2021. At the end of 2021, the company had 50 production sites worldwide and employed approximately 17,900 people (calculated as full-time equivalents).

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