Shell Homage is a biodegradable composite material out of discarded egg & different nut shells. The created biodegradable material is replacement for oil based plastics & can be applied in several applications as in interior, light design, furniture design, home accessories, consumable goods, 3D printing and Jewellery design. It looks like Marble or natural stones but made out of food waste. The material properties can be controlled according to application. The material surface varies from rough to smooth, opaque, translucent and transparent.
The aim is to create functional and sustainable products that have a life span and they should be completely biodegradable. Fabricate biomaterial based on natural fillers as Egg and different nut shells without toxic chemicals. Have viable products, which decay if you dip into your garden if you do not need it anymore. It’s the ultimate solution for getting rid of things instead of storing them for years and getting rid of plastics, which never decays. These objects and materials developed have the aspiration to educate and enlighten about how and by whom they are made, from which ingredients, why and inspire one another. The idea is to work with biopolymer and natural fillers, experiment with unexpected influences of these materials and production techniques: high-tech and handmade techniques. Each piece is handcrafted into unique combination of colours and patterns. It is 100% compostable when it is no longer in use.
Unique points about Shell Homage
* Use of a completely disregarded material (e.g. egg and nut shells)
* Produced material can be used in several industries and can be scaled up.
* Aesthetically appealing surfaces which look like marble or natural stones.
* Light weight material.
* Creates an experience that is meaningful and delightful to users of each product
* Fabricate biodegradable composite without toxic chemicals
* Expand in different industries e.g. product design, interior design, consumable goods and jewellery design.
The shells are collected from different farms, local stores, bakeries, restaurants, nut stores and friends. Before disposal, the shells are collected, sterilised, dried and then ground down. This material is then bonded with organic and biodegradable substances, creating a mixture that can be handled through different production techniques. It is a similar texture to stone or ceramic and can be drilled, sanded or laser cut. Some of the material is mixed with colours extracted from food ingredients. The created composite material can be pressed, extruded, 3D printed or formed by injection molding. Each piece produced by Shell Homage is handcrafted, unique and 100% compostable. The created biodegradable material is replacement for oil based plastics & can be applied in several applications as in interior, furniture, light design, home accessories, consumable goods, 3D printing and Jewellery design. It looks like Marble or natural stones but made out of food waste. The material properties can be controlled according to application. The material surface varies from rough to smooth, opaque, translucent and transparent. The end material’s properties can be controlled by the production method, creating end-results that range from hard to malleable, elastic sheets. We sell customised sheets and different products as wall clocks, light units, hair combs and furniture.
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