Success Stories | Waël Seaiby | LAUNCH.ed

"Recycling plastic bags into high-value art objects."

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Waël Seaiby
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Waël Seaiby graduated from the Edinburgh College of Art in the Product Design MFA programme.

Waël set up his design brand to revolutionise the way we look at mundane materials by turning them into beautiful design objects. The focus is on employing innovative and unconventional processing techniques in turning everyday materials into unique, handcrafted pieces. “Many of the materials I end up working with are either waste materials or industry by-products, which would otherwise end up in landfills”.

His graduate project; PLAG turns plastic bags into objects of higher value and has gotten a lot of attention and press coverage in various design magazines and sites.

In 2017 Edinburgh Innovations commissioned Waël to create a new trophy for our brand new Social and Environment Award for the prestigious Inspire Launch Grow Awards. Supporting and promoting our clients is at the heart of what we do and when we needed a new trophy to reflect this new category for businesses with a sustainable or social impact we knew immediately Waël would provide the best trophy for us. 

Waël has attended various events and workshops and received support from LAUNCH.ed with funding and in attaining a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa. 

“Starting a company is no easy feat, but it is definitely made easier at the University of Edinburgh. Through LAUNCH.ed, I received indispensable help and advice, from getting my visa approved to free legal advice.”

His work has been on display in art galleries in Edinburgh and London and he still receives commission for his work. Currently Waël tutors students on the BA Graphic Design course at the Edinburgh College of Art, the University of Edinburgh. 

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