Green Ceramics webinar

On 14 March 2022, Veena will deliver a keynote address at a free webinar hosted by not for profit group Renew talking about the UNSW SMaRT Centre's Green Ceramics MICROfactorie technologies.

She will also discuss the Green Ceramics Mirvac project the SMaRT Centre worked on where waste glass and textiles were reformed into beautiful and durable ceramics, as designer tiles, kitchen benchtop, splashback, lights and art-works.

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Please note that this a webinar only event, part 2 of the Green Ceramics event. Part 1 of the event, scheduled for 10 March 5-6PM will be an in-person apartment tour. Please book a spot this event via Humanitix. Numbers are limited.

Join us for a webinar with Professor Veena Sahajwalla from UNSW Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) Centre who will discuss an industry-first apartment, made using waste materials that have the potential to revolutionise home construction by transforming household waste into a valuable construction resource.

The ‘Pavilions’ Mirvac apartment showcases the transformation of waste glass and textiles into beautiful and durable ‘Green ceramics’ for floor tiles, kitchen splashback, walls, panels, artworks, light fittings and furniture. This project is part of an ongoing collaboration with Mirvac and UNSW Smart Centre with the aim of helping to solve the problem of waste in the construction industry.

In Australia, the building industry is responsible for around 60% of the waste we generate. The Pavilions project, at Sydney’s Olympic Park, helps to demonstrate a better way to build, using reformed waste, which provides a second life for the mountains of glass and clothing, much of which would otherwise find its way to landfill.

The MICROfactorie™ process developed by Professor Sahajwalla and UNSW SMaRT Centre, takes problematic waste material and ‘reforms’ these into entirely new products including ‘green ceramics’.

Professor Sahajwalla will discuss this process and its many other potential uses for industrial waste materials.


Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Director of Sustainable materials Research & Technolory (SMaRT), UNSW.

Professor Veena Sahajwalla is a leading expert in the field of recycling science, and founding Director of the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research & Technology at UNSW, Professor Sahajwalla is producing a new generation of green materials, products and resources made entirely, or primarily, from waste. Veena also heads the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for ‘green manufacturing’ – a leading national research centre that works in collaboration with industry to ensure new science is translated into real world environmental and economic benefits. Veena has been extensively recognised for the innovation and significance of her work, including via election to be a Fellow of the esteemed Australian Academy of Science. Professor Sahajwalla was recently featured on ABC TV ‘Australian Story’ series. See ‘The Tipping Point’ here.


  • Renew depends on the generosity of our community to continue its valuable work. We would welcome your donation here: or via the additional donation option when choosing your ticket  
  • There are a number of free tickets available for the event for those experiencing financial hardship  
  • This is an a webinar event
  • We have a capacity of 1000 people