Jugād /dʒuːˈɡɑːd/ in colloquial Hindi stands for the flexible approach to problem solving using the limited resources at hand innovatively. This concept inspired Mumbai-based multidisciplinary designer Sachi Tungare, who used this perspective to look at waste as a resource, extending its life cycle. The project is called jugaad.
Sachi examined two very commonly found wastes – used flowers, an organic material and cigarette butts, an inorganic material.
According to Sachi, based on the theory of circular economy, an extensive material exploration was carried out using flowers were collected from temples, shops and homes post the Indian festival of Diwali and Ganesh Chaturti, explored for potential as a material. The decomposing of flowers, in project “finding the marigold” – has been taken advantage of and made into bioplastic composites and compressed into sheets with beeswax in order to sustainably make fully biodegradable disposable hotel room amenities and packaging.
And the cellulose acetate found in cigarettes’ paper wrapping was dissected, treated to make it toxin-free and melted to be cast into various shapes in “Let’s (not) kicked butt“, is now also being presented in Rethinking Plastic held by YKSI Eindhoven.
The “Let’s (not) kicked butt” is runner up of Green Concept Audience Choice 2020. As explained in Green Product Award, 4.5 trillion cigarette filters end up on the street every year and we ban plastic-straws. A cigarette filter takes 10-15 years to rot. In a pilot project, cigarette butts were collected from the street and treated until they became toxin-free and safe for human contact. The result was a wide range of products: desk utensils, vases, coasters and even paper; to name just a few.
Source: Material exploration of waste, with an Indian perspective. jugaad — Dutch Design Week 2020: Ikea’s virtual greenhouse, networking fungi, and rethinking waste — finding gold in marigold. Sachi Tungare.