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The new MATREC library has opened in Scuola Politecnica di Design. It is the first free archive of recycled materials and products and was, until now, only available on the web. It’s a consultation space for companies, designers, students or those just simply curious to see, touch, and smell the most innovative recycled materials that become rigorously eco-compatibleseats, coverings, lights or furniture thanks to differentiated waste collection.
On 26 October Roberto Formigoni, President of the Regione Lombardia, opened the new library which puts phisically on display recycled materials from all over the world next to the most important ecodesign products. The Regione has actively promoted this centre’s existence in order to motivate companies to change their production processes to reduce their environmental impact also through the use of recycled materials.
Massimo Buscemi, official of the Regione Lombardia, Massimo Ferlini, President of the Italian Waste Observatory (Osservatorio Nazionale sui Rifiuti) and Maurizio Morgantini, President of the Fondazione ADI, (Industrial Design Association), also took part in the opening, which underlines the absolute relevance of the theme of environmental sustainability in the ongoing design debate.
Each material is presented with samples and also has information about its composition and the company that produced it. Going into greater detail on the characteristics, origin, production, environmental aspects and future applications will be possible in the near future on the site www.matrec.it.
MATREC came into being 2002 as an internet portal at the initiative of its technical coordinator, Marco Cappellini and thanks to the Italian recycling consortia CiAl, Comieco and CoRePla. In 2006 MATREC went from being virtual to real with a project co-financed by the Regione Lombardia, DG Reti, public service and sustainable development companies.
The association with Scuola Politecnica di Design will also lead Matrec to beinga new meeting place for businesses, designers and students. There will be a great many workshops, conventions and events on the theme of ecodesign, recycling, materials and recycled products.
The new structure is open for onsite research and consultation from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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