How do you like your eggs?
Annually, an average of 6,4 billion hens lay 1,1 trillion eggs. Simultaneously one third of all food per year is lost or wasted which includes eggs that have short shelf life and whose fragile shell is not the most suitable protection against processing and transport.
In the project ‘how do you like your eggs’ the content becomes container, an egg cup is produced from discarded eggs. It explores the extraordinary materiality of an ordinary item of consumption. There is an ambiguity in the symbolism of the egg which embodies on the one hand the beginning of life and on the other hand became swallowed up in cheap consumption.
In the project ‘how do you like your eggs’ damaged and b-stock egg whites and shells are thermoformed into bio-plastic cups with zero additives. In todays context traditional non degradable plastics are highly problematic, especially because of our throw-away culture;
opposed to that in this project a new, fully degradable bioplastic is used to create a narrative about consumption and waste.
When working with an animal product it is extremely important to know where your material comes from since through working with it you are becoming directly related to the well being of a living creature which creates a huge responsibility. That is why one of the most crucial steps of the project was to find a biological and sustainable farm that puts the quality of life of their animals first. The project is in collaboration with a dutch farming project called GeluksVogel and all the eggs used for the project come from them.
The fresh eggs are first cleaned, then separated in to yolks, egg whites and shells. The egg whites and some of the yolks are emulsified and dehydrated, the egg shells are crushed. After that the materials are recombined and thermoformed. The albumin protein contained in the egg white polymerises and binds all solids parts into an object.
Basse Stittgen gives discarded eggs new life as bioplastic tableware (Article)