Products from the Expressway

Upcycling the Unwanted Materials


首都高速道路(Circulation Shutoko)是一家針對東京的首都高速產生的廢材而成立的公司。首都高速建於50多年前,連接著東京都、神奈川縣、埼玉縣及千葉縣等地,可說是日本首都圈的大動脈,使用量大,產生的棄材也特別多。首都高速道路的成立,便是為了將那些不再被使用的棄材,再造成其他商品。

Expressways in Japan provide very clear instructions with concise signage. Once the driver has decided on the destination, there is basically no need to refer to the map for direction. When maintenance is in place on the expressways, another set of signages would be placed to guide road users to avoid the blocked roads and use the diverted roads. These once helpful signages would become useless once the maintenance work is done and end up as a pile of garbage. On one hand, the expressways provide to the road users convenience, on the other hand, they can be harmful to the environment.

Circulation Shutoko is a Tokyo company that manages waste created by the Shuto Expressway, which has been serving as the artery in the Greater Tokyo Area for over 50 years by connecting Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba Prefecture, and other areas. Precisely because of the high usage, the Expressway also generates a considerable amount of waste. Circulation Shutoko provides with a solution by upcycling the waste into useful products.

掛在天穚上的橫額質料輕巧,而且防水、靭度高,首都高速道路與手提袋生產商Rootote合作,將之製成款式多樣的手提袋系列Hataraku Tote,每一個袋子的色彩與模樣均是獨一無二的。同樣由橫額造成的,還有拖鞋系列Aruku-tire,鞋底是用廢棄的車軚造成的,而連接鞋面與鞋底的釘子,原本用來將橫額固定在高速公路上,當然也是棄材之一。另外,還有Hi-W8系列,則是指示牌造成的滑板。


Banners hanging on the bridge are light, waterproof and elastic. Through a collaboration with the bag manufacturer Rootote, Circulation Shutoko transformed this material into a tote bag series called Hataraku Tote that features unique color and patterns on every bag. The banners are also used to make the slipper series Aruku-tire. The sole of the slippers is made from dumped tires and is attached to the upper part by discarded nails that were used to hang the banners on the expressways. Last but not least, the Hi-W8 series showcases skateboards made from former traffic signs.

Circulation Shutoko is not only working on upcycling, more importantly, they would like to raise the environmental awareness of their industry. From a mega construction of an infrastructure project to a small household renovation, all of these processes create various types of waste. Would you leave them as unwanted garbage, or would you try to give them another life?