Students create pet products in 'ReMade' challenge

Western Today staff

Western Washington University’s junior Industrial Design students will showcase “upcycled” pet products they created using unique eco-strategies from reclaimed materials in the annual design challenge “ReMade” from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7 at Ideal: Carefully Curated Goods, 1227 Cornwall Ave, in downtown Bellingham.

The students applied design methodologies to recycle, repurpose and transform discarded materials otherwise headed for waste streams into commercially viable and environmentally responsible pet products for sale.

The “ReMade: PETS!” collection includes toys, food solutions, bedding and accessories that will be available for purchase at Ideal from Nov. 7 to Nov. 21. Products may be sold out on opening night, so it is best to come early.

ReMade aims to couple students’ understanding of base-level entrepreneurship with a focus on design sustainability. Students carry their products from initial concept through prototyping and finish the project with a limited production run for sale to the public.

Western's junior Industrial Design students are Leah Sepida-Cohen of Bellevue; Rosie Meyer of- Seattle; Dan Taylor of Edmonds; Ashkon Nima of Bothell; Tom Olson of Bigfork, Montana;and Adam Boroughs and Nolan Shinn of Vashon.

For more information, contact Western’s Industrial Design department at wwuidsa@gmail.com or Western Washington University Professor of Industrial Design Arunas Oslapas at Arunas.Oslapas@wwu.edu. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 10:20am
This cat scratcher was made using reclaimed cardboard by Western Industrial Design student Geoff Henkel.

This cat scratcher was made using reclaimed cardboard by Western Industrial Design student Geoff Henkel.

Rolling cat toys, by Emma Nestvold

Rolling cat toys, by Emma Nestvold