Sustainable Design Student Wins Young Designer of the Year

Second year BA(Hons) Sustainable Product Design student Rob Dooley has been named Young Designer of the Year at the UK Plastics Industry Awards for his innovative work with disaster relief charity ShelterBox.

Rob won the accolade for his unique water storage and dispensing system designed for ShelterBox’s iconic green units. He undertook the project as part of an internship with Buff Design at the Tremough Innovation Centre.

Commended for his all-encompassing approach at the 13th annual UK Plastics Industry Awards held at London’s Hilton Park Lane Hotel, Rob was delighted to win the title: “I was surprised to be nominated, and it was an even bigger surprise to win but I was very pleased.”

A true ambassador of sustainable design, Rob’s product looks set to extend the lifespan of ShelterBox’s units. “My main interest is in sustainable design so working on this project for ShelterBox is great as it’s about giving their green boxes a new lease of life for the future. The design has since opened up broader discussions about other ways the boxes could be used after they’ve delivered aid, and we are working on on-going projects with ShelterBox,” adds Rob.

Alf Evans, Head of Operations at ShelterBox, also has high hopes for Rob’s winning designs: “This simple and inexpensive system would significantly increase the filter lifespan. I can really see potential for this as an excellent way of saving time, weight and money.”


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