REVOLUTION: The First Biogenic Packaging.

23. November 2018 | Plastics | via Bioplasticsnews.com

The First Biogenic Packaging (Credit: Bioplasticsnews.com)

 

According to a post on Bioplasticsnews.com architect Jun Aizaki grew a fruit into a mould with the form of a cup and it worked. This is a bioplastics milestone. The biodegradable coffee cup was made with a gourd and a 3D-printed mould. A gourd is a plant of the family Cucurbitaceae. The term refers to a number of species and subspecies, many with hard shells, and some without.

Architect Jun Aizaki, founder of Brooklyn-based design firm CRÈME was looking for a sustainable solution to replace single use plastic cups. He tested with rice paper but settled with gourds.

“I kept thinking about biodegradable materials. Gourds have been used as vessels in Asia and South America for centuries. “Each piece is different, almost like a collector’s item”, Aizaki said.