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Joely Grimes - Ekoy

Meet Joely

Hi, my name is Joely Grimes, and I am a product designer from Clonakilty, West Cork. As a kid, I enjoyed dismantling and rebuilding objects, and art was one of my favourite subjects in school. I am so happy to have found Product Design & Technology in UL, as it has allowed me to discover how vast the world of design is. I have learnt how good design can positively impact the world. Coming out of PDT, I feel that I have not only learnt necessary skills such as model making, sketching, but I have also learnt how to understand people and their needs and how to help people by using design. I would like to use the skills I have learnt in the past years to help design products and system that keep sustainability, the environment, and users at their core.

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EKOY is a food storage container system made from bamboo pulp and silicone, both materials that can be repurposed and recycled easily. I wanted to keep sustainability at the centre of this product, as it is something I am very passionate about.

Ekoy is an easily assembled and repaired product. It is manufactured in such a way to allow for each component to separate for ease of end-of-life disposal. It was designed to be a lightweight, modular, and collapsible container and be utilised for multiple purposes, from storing liquids to dry goods. My aim with this product was to help reduce the amount of packaging that enters a person’s home. I hope this product will encourage the repurposing of products we already own.