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Plastic products that make a difference

Design for Healthcare

The 2022 Brief

The Brief

In many sectors of the healthcare industry, plastics perform a vital role in helping to stop the spread of bacteria and infectious diseases by combining innovative product design with their hygienic properties.

You are challenged to design an innovative product for use in any part of the healthcare sector, whether at home or in the hospital, which retains the necessary properties for demanding applications, but which also exploits the longevity of plastics.  It should be cost competitive and have the benefit of being multi-use or at least have the potential to be re-purposed, as well as being recyclable, thereby minimising the environmental impact of disposal.

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Finalists will win:

The Prizes

1st                                                     £1,000
2nd                                                    £750
3rd                                                     £500
Highly Commended                          £250
Prizes also include work placements at design engineering firms and an invitation to the annual Worshipful Company of Horner’s banquet.

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Our Aims

  • To encourage students to recognise that plastics are a key design material of the 21st century.

  • To maintain the continued growth of the UK plastics industry based on design innovation.

  • To involve all sectors of the UK plastics industry in the education and the employment of young industrial designers.

  • To raise the overall importance of innovative plastics design through media and professional awareness.

  • To enable design students to have direct access to established UK plastics industry professionals for consultative and career discussions.

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