University of Canterbury (UC) Product Design student Imogen McRae could end Timaru’s slippery pavers, replacing them with pavers made from waste material.
For the past three months, 20-year-old UC student Imogen McRae has been working on developing non-slip pavers made of waste material sourced from South Canterbury businesses as part of Venture Timaru’s ‘Sustainable Is Attainable’ initiative.
“The pavers I am developing utilise two waste materials. The first is diatomaceous earth, a by-product from the beer brewing industry. The other is waste polypropylene plastic, a problem in many food processing and manufacturing businesses,” McRae said.
“I would love to incorporate Māori culture into the pavement… I intend to collaborate with the local iwi to embody the concept of ‘Ki uta ki tai’ in a pavement design.”