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Brief Published: 12 Jul 2011

From Here to Here


Ariane Prin, a French graduate of London’s Royal College of Art (RCA), has created a closed-loop manufacturing system to turn the art school’s waste into pencils, called From Here to Here.

By compressing material waste from the RCA’s workshops with flour from its café, Prin has created a material suitable for pencil casing, with materials salvaged from different departments yielding distinct results.

Prin is investigating scaling the operation. One bag of sawdust can make 90 pencils, and the RCA’s wood workshop produces 170 bags a year. She aims to make one pencil for each of the 1,044 students.

Ariane Prin