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In January 2019, research and design studio The New Raw of Rotterdam in the Netherlands unveiled their first Zero Waste Lab in Thessaloniki in Greece, in collaboration with: The Coca-Cola Company of Atlanta, Georgia; Ogilvy Greece, the Municipality of Thessaloniki, and “auto catalyst & electronic scrap recycling” Ecorec, of Sofia, Bulgaria. This was done as part of The New Raw’s Print Your City project and Coca-Cola Greece’s Zero Waste Cities initiative. Visitors to the Zero Waste Lab can learn about the recycling of plastic waste and the concept of circular economy, as well as design their own street furniture, which can be 3D printed on site via the lab’s robotic 3D printing arm.

Print Your City is one of multiple initiatives under Coca-Cola Greece’s Zero Waste Cities project that hopes to change the Greek populace’s attitude towards recycling waste plastic. Circa November 2017, The New Raw demonstrated that it was possible to 3D print street furniture out of plastic household waste; now the people of Thessaloniki can redesign their public spaces via 3D printing.

The Print Your City website has received more than 3,000 designs for 3D printable urban furniture since it launched, the initial prototypes of which were made in the summer of 2018 and placed in Thessaloniki’s main water front promenade of Nea Paralia. The New Raw hopes to recycle 4 tonnes of plastic waste over the duration of the Print Your City project, about the same amount produced by 14 family households in Greece. The first public space in Thessaloniki to host the Print Your City initiative was the city’s Hanth Park, and the 3D printed pieces of furniture were unveiled there in January 2019.

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