What to do with old videotapes?

Videotapes, do you still remember them? Well, we certainly have a lot of good memories from watching Jungle book or the Little mermaid, over and over again when we were young. Nowadays most videotapes have been discarded, but they’re actually difficult to recycle with many different components. Fortunately, a Belgium entrepreneur had the great idea of dismantling the videotapes with the help of social workplaces and recycling the parts into new products. Creating fully recycled products made in social sustainable way.
This prototype we made was a shopping bag based on a traditional Japanese folding technique called Furoshiki. A square piece of textile is folded into shoulder bands and two little braces make sure they stay in place. The textile square is made from old umbrella’s and the braces are made from old videotapes.

Client

Intersolution bvba (Belgium)

Material

Old video tapes & umbrellas

Designer

Casper van der Meer & Tessa Smulders