A WASTE PROJECT

On the quest for creating sustainable products, this project concentrated on a conscious material driven approach to upcycling food waste. Traditional resources are finite and expensive but waste is abundant and cheap. Currently, there are huge amounts of byproducts come out as a result of processing meat for food. If not reimagines in new contexts, such materials like bones, eggshells, feathers, hair, urine etc. have no monetary purpose and pose a threat to the environment.

This project drives a positive change through value addition to a classed waste resource, spreads awareness about climate related issues and finally, revises the common perception about discarded materials.

 

EGGWARE- Made out of waste eggshells collected from cafes around London, Eggware products are biodegradable and locally made. The disposable tableware is ergonomically enhanced to support the act of eating while standing in a street food scenario and the material has many other applications in interior panelling, furniture etc. Once the function is over, you can literally crush and throw these objects in the compost as they are designed to disappear.

PLUMEWARE- An eco-friendly surface material, made from up-cycled feathers from chickens. Prior to this, these feathers have had no use. After discovering their enormous binding strength, I combined them with Agar bioplastic and created a long lasting, flexible and wet- mouldable material. To encourage sustainable living, this new material has been applied in lampshades. Its distinct, natural texture is enhanced as the light turns on.

 

ERGONOMICS

Ergonomic studies and user tests were undertaken to arrive on a new, advance form of tableware that could ease the act of eating while standing in a street food market scenario.

 

MATERIAL EXPERIMENTATION

Rigorous material exploration was conducted at Green Lab, Bermondsey. By maintaining scientific records and learning from each observation, finally, material solutions were invented that could potentially be an alternative.

PROCESS

The DIY recipes were developed through continuous iterative method. The final process is easy with a potential to scale. The procedure has been kept open-source to encourage knowledge sharing and can be found on- https://materiom.org/recipe/122

 

Rigorous material exploration was conducted at Green Lab, Bermondsey. By maintaining scientific records and learning from each observation, finally, material solutions were invented that could potentially be an alternative.

 
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