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Dan Watson's 'Refreshing Design' proves to be sustainable

Design Innovation in Plastics' (DIP) 2010 competition winner, Dan Watson, has received third prize in another internationally renowned competition, celebrating innovation and sustainability.

A year after winning the DIP prize, Dan, who studies at the Royal College of Art, entered his SafetyNet, a new sustainable and environmentally friendly fish trawling system in the Victorinox Swiss Army, Time to Care competition - and was delighted when he was placed third.

Dan says: "The work I put into the SafetyNet for the Design Innovation in Plastics competition has certainly paid off and it's great that I could use the same design for this award.

"The jury whittled the entries down to the final seven, but it was the public votes that really counted. Thank you to those who supported my entry!"

Dan received first prize in the Design Innovation in Plastics 2010 competition, working to the brief, 'Refreshing Design', which challenged student designers and design engineers to create a product that addressed economic and environmental concerns yet was innovative and 'refreshing'.

The SafetyNet's inspired design incorporates "escape rings" into a trawling net system, giving juvenile and endangered fish a second chance. By exploiting fish behavioral habits and physiology the trawl will separate different species and ages of fish. SafetyNet meets all the requirements set down by the UN in their definition of sustainable development - providing for today's needs while setting up a better situation in the future.

More information about this award can be found at:
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