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

February 3rd, 2023

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

The 2023 competition, which will be contested by university undergraduates all over the UK and Ireland, is asking them to design a functional item which is an original concept or a significant improvement on an existing product – and made primarily from plastic.

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

Design Innovation in Plastics (DIP) 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, including Covestro.