Carlo Ratti’s orange squeezer serves juice in bioplastic cups made from the peel

Italian studio Carlo Ratti Associati has developed a circular orange juice bar that turns the waste fruit peel into 3D-printed bioplastic cups to drink the contents from. Created for global energy company Eni, Feel the Peel is a prototype orange-squeezing machine that aims to bring circular design into everyday life. The 3.10-metre-tall experimental juice bar […]

Cubitts makes Redux glasses from waste materials including human hair and potatoes

Corn husks, wool and yoghurt pots are some of the materials used in a series of experimental spectacles by British eyewear brand Cubitts. London-based Cubitts is exploring more sustainable forms of manufacturing with Redux, a collection of 10 one-off frames each made from a different waste material. The range includes recycled plastics and bioplastics, with designs […]

Kartell creates bioplastic version of its iconic Componibili storage unit

Italian furniture brand Kartell has released a “fully sustainable” version of its bestselling Componibili storage unit made from bioplastic. The brand, which specialises in plastic furniture and homewares, teamed up with Italian bioplastic producer Bio-on to create the product. The updated unit is manufactured from a new bioplastic made from agricultural waste and named CL […]

Aivan grows headphones from fungus and yeast

Fungus, yeast-based bioplastic and other materials grown by microbes have been used to make the Korvaa headphones, designed by Finnish studio Aivan in collaboration with scientists. All up, the Korvaa headphones feature six different microbially grown substances. They were designed to showcase the potential of the technology known as synthetic biology, or “synbio” for short. This discipline […]

Basse Stittgen gives discarded eggs new life as bioplastic tableware

German designer Basse Stittgen aims to address the issue of global food waste and overconsumption with a series of tableware objects made solely from out-of-date eggs. As part of his project, called How Do You Like Your Eggs?, Stittgen aims to explore the “extraordinary materiality” of commonplace items, such as waste food. As a result, function […]

Biodegradable plastics offer “no advantage” over conventional plastics in reducing ocean pollution

Bags made of supposedly biodegradable plastics remain intact and useable three years after being dropped in the sea or buried underground, researchers have found. The study, carried out by the University of Plymouth’s International Marine Litter Research Unit and published in the journal of Environmental Science and Technology, challenges assumptions that switching to biodegradable plastics […]

Bioplastics could be “just as bad if not worse” for the planet than fossil-fuel plastics

Bioplastics could potentially be worse for the environment than conventional plastics, according to recycling expert Arthur Huang. Switching to plastic made from plants instead of fossil fuels would require vast amounts of farmland, Huang said. This could could cause environmental problems and deprive humans of food. Huang, founder and CEO of circular-economy engineering company Miniwiz, […]

Watch our talk with Arthur Mamou-Mani about his bioplastic COS installation live from Milan

Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs speaks to architect Arthur Mamou-Mani about the design of Conifera, his 3D-printed bioplastic installation for COS, in a live talk starting at 7:15pm Milan time. The livestream has not started yet. You can watch it here or on Dezeen’s Facebook page live from 7:15pm Milan time.  On show for the duration of Milan […]

Icelandic design studio makes bioplastic meat packaging from animal byproducts

Reykjavík design studio At10 has created a bioplastic meat packaging made out of the skin of the animal itself to reduce waste surrounding meat consumption. Called Bioplastic Skin, the packaging for hot dogs and ham slices is transparent and has a similar texture to plastic. It is made by boiling animal skins in water, a process […]

Arthur Mamou-Mani promotes circular design with bioplastic Conifera installation for COS

French architect Arthur Mamou-Mani has assembled a structure from 700 bioplastic bricks in the courtyard of a 16th-century palazzo, as this year’s Milan design week installation for fashion brand COS. Mamou-Mani – whose previous projects include a temple for Burning Man festival – wanted to show how design can be more circular, by harnessing the potential of […]

Thomas Vailly uses sunflowers to make bio-based materials

Eindhoven-based designer Thomas Vailly explores turning sunflower crop waste into bio-materials to make sustainable products from insulation panels to iPhone cases. Thomas Vailly, founder of Studio Thomas Vailly (STV), teamed up with scientists from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Ingénieurs en Arts Chimiques Et Technologiques (ENSIACET) laboratory to develop a series of materials using only sunflower […]

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