Initial response to my humble proposal was positive. The review panel seemed impressed with the simplicity of the system and ability the paper making process could be quickly and easy trained for the workers at Goodwill. Interest exists in the possibility for Goodwill to create its own packing materials. I learned today, that from a sustainability stand-point from Goodwill’s e-commerce perspective, it could possibly cut external costs of buying styrofoam and being a sustainable substrate substitute. That being said, feedback went as follows:
- Research the possible costs for large scale integration for mass production at Goodwill. How much does this industrial equipment cost? How can it be a worthy investment for Goodwill?
- Define possible partnerships more clearly. Some light talk from today discussed the partnering of paper-making collaboration between Goodwill and local manufacturers. What are these defined roles? What can goodwill get outside of an philanthropic standpoint from these joint efforts?
- How much more effort is needed for the creation of fine art paper as opposed to the rough felt? For whom is this product sold to outside of internal efforts.
- Is there any actual benefit to the rough felt produced from an actual performance standpoint, outside of the benefits of cost.
Further efforts to push this effort along, intensive research into cost and performance needs to be made to confirm this system as a positive system for Goodwill to implement. More prototyping needs to be taken to actual produced the tradition recycled rag substrate. Connections the printmaking department need to be called upon. Research and documentation of this process as a whole needs to be taken.