How sustainable is Bhar.
Future decisions are based on the challenge to prevent producing waste or to consider waste as a valuable resource. The design project “How sustainable is Bhar” evaluates an unsustainable deal between “no single-use plastic” and “zero waste” made by Indian minister Piyush Goyal in 2020. He attempts to nationally avoid large masses of plastic waste from discarded tea cups. Goyal wants to simply replace the synthetic material with traditional terracotta. The project shows the initiative that “cleaning the environment is not about changing the nature of waste nor making impulsive compromises”. It takes a close look at the requirements of holistic and smart solutions and highlights the opportunities and risks that can arise within sustainability approaches.
The show displays the transformation from the centuries-old item to a driving and innovative product. It shares impressions of the ethnographic research in Kolkata in 2019 (in collaboration with photographer Amitava Saha) and presents the process of the project to answer the question “how sustainable is Bhar”.