- Team members
- ORCHIDA AHMED
- food waste bioplastic biomaterial sustainability experimental material design
Turning food which has been discarded of into utile materials, and hence, utile products.
900 trillion tonnes of food is wasted yearly, and so I challenged myself to turn this abundance of “waste” into utility. In “Abundance”, food waste is reincarnated twice. Firstly, it is granted a second life as a biomaterial, after a thorough experimentation with recipes. Next, the sustainable materials achieved were then used for further experimentation. Some were made into a myriad of physical and digital prototypes, while others were experimented on using laser cutting techniques. This project has taught me that tremendous potential lies in food waste, and that one man’s food waste is surely another man’s treasure. The visitors would experience awe, witnessing some of the waste created by them on a daily basis being turned into utility.
- Does your design support sustainable production, embodying circular or regenerative design practices?
Abundance is hugely focused on sustainability. It aims to use one of the world's most pressing issues, food waste, as an opportunity. With Abundance, food waste is turned into utile materials which could then be made into a myriad of physical and digital products.
- Does your design promote awareness of responsible design and consumption?
Abundance aims to promote as much awareness as possible about the crisis of food waste. Moreover, it aims to serve as an inspiration for the viewers to experiment with food waste themselves, as the possibilities which lie in this field are endless.