Redefining Waste

Sophia Gregg Arlt

SCRAPS is a mobile application that tackles the problem of major waste pollution on our planet. The thesis examines how design can influence behaviours and attitudes towards waste in order to create positive change. The project addresses the issue of not knowing what to do with trash or how to contribute to the fight against climate change. This app will help mend the disconnect humans have towards the impact trash has on nature by raising consciousness and connecting creatives and sustainably conscious individuals. Together, users exchange materials and ideas, as well as uploading upcycled projects. Sophia envisions SCRAPS to be available as a mobile app in stores, and further functioning as a social media platform. With this, environmental topics will enter the forefront of people's interactions with each other in the future.

Sophia Gregg Arlt

I am a Communication Designer based in Berlin, Germany. I am passionate about sustainability and environmental topics. I believe design can be a huge driving force for behavioural and societal change and hope to use my design skills to do just that in the future.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

In 20 years, I see myself living in my 20th-or-so country as a founder of a successful carbon-negative sustainable company that has influenced massive change in the consumerist society or working as the sustainable officer in a big company.

What is a good design for you?

In my opinion, the most important thing is that it communicates something meaningful, helpful or useful. A good design should leave the person better off or with more knowledge than they had before they encountered it.

Who or what inspires you?

My mom :)

How do you approach a new project?

I do a lot of scrolling on Pinterest and Google for inspiration. Then I do tons of sketches, brainstorms, mind maps, just a big brain dump. After that I start with the concepts on the Adobe programmes.

What advice would you give to students who just started studying in your programme?

DO AS MUCH AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN. I had the most fun when I was helping with the AStA or volunteering for all the extra-curricular things. I learned the most both about design and how to manage my life and schedule through my side jobs and working for the university's marketing department where I could apply what I was learning. Remember you may not have THIS much time to develop yourself and your own skills again, so make the most of it :) Take advantage of all the opportunities the UE gives you and get to know your professors.

Have you changed during your studies? How?

Could I have changed more is the better question! I think my interests changed a lot, my priorities, mentality towards life, my coping mechanisms, my mental health. Just the general stuff you learn in your late teens and 20s, I guess!

Why did you choose to study in your programme?

I guess I kind of picked it randomly. I had been editing some videos the summer before and attended a course on how to learn the Adobe programmes and this seemed like it would be fun. And it was!

What are you not going to miss in your studies?

Having to travel for almost an hour to get to the university.

How are you going to celebrate your graduation?

It's my friend's birthday, so we will meet up and celebrate another year of her life and the end of a chapter in mine!

Say hi!

12 comments in total

Luckhardt 2021-03-22 01:11:28


Daniella Boveland 2021-02-14 18:31:06

Wooow! Such an inspiring project from a wonderful human being! Congrats beautiful ❤️

Bernadette Schweihoff 2021-02-13 23:30:52

Wow! Love the idea, your concept and your presentation! Great work!

2021-02-13 08:18:18

Amazing work Sophia! So proud of you! Love claire xxx



Rebecca Gregg . . Sophia’s grandmother 2021-02-13 03:53:30

Loved the whole presentation. . . I know your Mother and Father are so proud , Ian as well. . . .May God bless you.

Grandmother to Sophia 2021-02-13 03:48:06

Love her creativity. . I know her Mother was a tremendous influence in her life and her academic excellence. Loved her presintation. Rebecca J. Gregg . . An Artist

2021-02-12 23:50:29

awesome project! congrats :)

Thomas Arlt 2021-02-12 20:16:26

Hello Sophia, Congratulations to another great achievement. You are a remarkable young woman with so many varied talents. I am proud of who you have become and what you have achieved -- take the time to celebrate and relax some now after you have worked so hard.. and then figure out what is next for you. Good luck, success and happiness with whatever it is you decide to do... love you. Papa

Ale Arcos 2021-02-12 19:43:36

Hey Sophia! This project is so great! I really like your color scheme that you went with! That typeface is also super cool ! The whole aesthetic of your designs are so great and they work super well with your concept. Congratulations!

Julia 2021-02-12 19:17:43

Hey Soph, What a gorgeous project! So proud of you and all your hard work! Excited for all the future projects you'll create too. Lots of love, Your sister.

Indy Gregg 2021-02-12 18:52:09

Well done Sophia! Congratulations on the beginning of the next chapter of your life! xxx love you. mom

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