Unleash Your Stories: Wednesday Davis

Unleash Your Stories is a series of community stories with the intention of bringing light upon projects that have been developed in Unleash Space or the Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

Wednesday Davis, a marine science postgraduate student, is very passionate about environmental sustainability and conservation. Having worked with sea turtles at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, Wednesday has seen the effects of plastic consumption in our oceans. This has brought about a desire to reduce people’s daily use of plastic, to minimise the effects on the ocean, starting with her own.

Hence, Wednesday decided she should start carrying her own portable cutlery holder to reduce her consumption of single use cutlery and straws while out and about. After some online research and looking at existing products on the market, she set about designing her own cutlery holder repurposing old fabrics and using cutlery from home. Reducing the number of resources she consumed in acquiring a cutlery holder was a priority to Wednesday.

Still in the prototyping phase of her project, while at Unleash Space Wednesday has been able to use an overlock sawing machine and colourful scrap fabrics provided by the space to brighten her cutlery holder and make it her own. She has also been making use of the CTs’ knowledge whenever she needs help. This experience is unleashing Wednesday’s creativity and has made her want to come back to the space for her future projects.

Wednesday is making steady progress on her project and is pleased with the results of her innovation thus far. However, she wants to continue to experiment with different design patterns to find the most aesthetic and user-friendly option.

While this currently is solely a passion project for Wednesday herself, and to share with family and friends, she sees potential to sell these in the future for her passion to reach people. She wants to use second hand cutlery and materials from op shops, continuing to repurpose materials minimising her product consumption.

Wednesday wants to inspire others lead a more sustainable lifestyle and hopes her cutlery holders play a role in this.