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Organic waste

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Biodegradable 241 Bioplastic 79 Circular 223 Recyclable 123 Recycled 125 Vegan 93 Corn starch 7 Organic waste 4 Vegetable glycerine 3 Vinegar 16

Organic waste
Organic waste
Organic waste
Organic waste
Organic waste
Organic waste
Organic waste
Organic waste
Organic waste
Organic waste

Photos: Berta Daina Troguet

Agro Biomaterials

Agro is a brand that generates products with biomaterials made from organic waste as a solution to food waste and as an alternative to synthetic materials. Converting the resulting material into a 100% biodegradable, compostable and an even edible product.

Under the slogan: "We inspire towards a sustainable present through circularity." The aim is to raise public awareness to establish ethical and sustainable values as a way of life.

If we take a global view, we ask ourselves how bad is food waste? According to the UN, approximately one-third of the food produced in the world, i.e. 1.3 billion tons is wasted every year is wasted. This obviously has major environmental consequences, especially in terms of greenhouse gases.
If we transfer these figures to our homes, we obtain that 33% of the waste that goes to waste is only organic matter.

This is where Agro is born. A brand that generates products with biomaterials from organic waste as a solution to food waste and as an alternative to synthetic materials. All this with the aim of raising public awareness to establish ethical and sustainable values as a way of life.

To this end, research has been carried out, in terms of ingredients, production time and characteristics of the resulting material. To find the perfect recipe to create bioplastics with sufficient organic matter content as a solution to food waste. Also with the objective of obtaining a biomaterial with the optimal physical characteristics for applications in various media and environments.

To obtain the material, it is necessary to use the following raw materials: corn starch, white vinegar, vegetable glycerin, water and organic waste: specifically fruits. The resulting material becomes a 100% biodegradable, compostable and even an edible product.

For its production, only basic kitchen tools are needed, such as a saucepan, mixer, spoon and a flat surface of approximately 1.5m x 0.5m to spread the mixture and let the biomaterial dry in the sun until it is completely dry.

A Biomaterial Kit has been designed as the final outcome. It consists of the necessary ingredients so that the user can make their own bioplastics at home. It's designed so that only water and organic waste need to be added. This product aims to raise awareness of the world of biomaterials as well as the consequences of food waste and the second life we can give to waste. The fact that new materials can be created from waste, from home, can change peoples mentalities. This kit seeks to create an Agro community, where every contribution, no matter how small, helps to research new materials and to continue developing new techniques as well as new applications for these new compostable materials. Generating a community where we help each other with the sole purpose of learning, moving forward and achieving a more sustainable present.

Making process

Once the bioplastic is ready, you can use it for any application, such as laser-engraved business cards, menus for restaurants, food bags, and packaging. The biomaterial lasts up to three years and is resistant to water for up to two hours before it disappears completely.

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Ingredients

Organic waste, cornstarch, white vinegar, vegetal glycerine, recycled esparto fibres

Physical samples

  • 0031-1

  • 0031-2

Accessible to participants at the Jan van Eyck Academie and during Open Studios.