Material

Orange peel

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Biodegradable 244 Bioplastic 80 Seaweed 15 Straw 5

Orange peel
Orange peel
Orange peel
Orange peel
Orange peel
Orange peel
Orange peel
Orange peel
Orange peel
Orange peel

Photos: Jing Chen, Baoxing

This material is made from discarded fruit peels mixed with seaweed, and it is 100% bio-based, capable of biodegrading in natural environments. It boasts a premium appearance and tactile sensation, imitating the beauty of nature, while offering high functionality and recyclability. Moreover, it can be produced on a large scale. The material do not rely on fossil fuels in their production, but are produced using renewable resources. By reducing the use of fossil fuels, materials can reduce their overall carbon footprint and reduce their negative impact on global climate change. Seaweed and peel materials require less water to produce than traditional plastic materials. This helps to reduce the pressure on water resources, with no waste water discharge and a healthy water ecosystem.

Making process

1. Seaweed and fruit peels, as biological resources, can be obtained by collecting wastes. Seaweed can be harvested from the ocean or grown in seaweed farms. Fruit peels can come from food processing plants, orchards, or household waste.
2. During the manufacturing phase, seaweed and fruit peels are processed and treated to obtain a form suitable for the production of the material. Subsequently, these raw materials are formed into a mixture.
3. In order to make the new materials more compatible with high quality standards and actually reach the market, the raw materials will be proportionally mixed into special customised machines for mass production.
4. The blended seaweed and fruit peel materials can be used in various design applications. These materials offer diverse textures, colours, and versatility to meet different design needs.
5. When the materials reach the end of their useful life, they can be recycled and transformed into new materials or products. Alternatively, they can undergo natural degradation, becoming organic matter and providing nutrients to the soil.

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Ingredients

Seaweed, straw, bioadhesives (seaweed)