On a global scale, around 30% of the food produced is wasted.
This equals 2.5 BILLION TONS per year that are contributing to global warming and are hindering a healthy society. In an ideal world, we wouldn't waste a single bite of food. However, until we get there, we must find creative ways to use this left-over food for good. Here is a collection of materials using food waste as raw ingredients.
Exhibition open 09/5-13/5, 11:00-19:00, in Munich
1. Salmon >> Nordic Fish Leather
Fish skin is a by-product from the fishing and fish farming industry. The company uses only renewable energy for its production of fish leather, their fish derive from fisheries and farming industries that have got a third party sustainably accreditation. The Salmon leather takes colour well and can be dyed in both very bright and dark colours.
2. Scalite® >> Scale Vision
Made from fish scales collected in France from sustainably managed stocks of sardines or salmons. There is a natural biopolymer contained within the scales. During the process this biopolymer is extracted and mixed with the mineral part of the scales to create the basis of the material. The outcome is a powder compressed according to the proprietary process, to form sheets of various dimensions.
5. Seagrass Board >> Metis
Environmental friendly surfaces are made of the seagrass posidonia oceanica and binded with biological and natural raw materials. These eco surfaces could be used as wall covering and veneers and could be applied in exterior and interior spaces e.g. office spaces, real estate spaces for residents, restaurants, hotels or other place service.
6. Shelluminators >> New Tab 22
Interior wall panel made with the base material Sea Stone.
Here, the company applied it to wall tiles or cladding to be used internally in places where humidity and heat are relatively low. These tiles achieved a Non-combustible Class at fire tests and they are compounds free from Formaldehyde,Tolunene and TVOC.
7. Qilin >> Authentic Material
A compound of a tough thermoplastic elastomer filled with 50% crushed oyster shells. The elastomer is a polyether block amide made up of bio-based polyamide 11 (nylon) blocks made from castor oil, and softer polyether blocks. This specific grade is semi-rigid (72 Shore D hardness) and features 98% bio-based content.
8. Algae Ink >> Living Ink
A renewable, bio-based and safe carbon black alternative. Algae by-products are transformed into small, black pigments. Produced in dry powder or liquid pigment. Algae Black pigments can be used to colour ink, plastics, cosmetics and textile products. It is a unique, innovate specialty environmentally friendly printing ink.
9. SG40-HC >> Granulous
A mixture of plant-based polymers and at least 40% spent grain, a very abundant waste product from the beer brewing industry. The material is home-compostable, while most other biodegradable plastics can be composted only in industrial composting facilities. The company is currently in the process of obtaining home compostability certification.
11. BioCir™ >> Balena Science
A unique biodegradable combination of naturally occurring constituents binded by high molecular weight polymers and modifiers, it enables an elastomeric functionality for consumer goods and beyond. The material’s shore hardness is between 70A-90A and when foamed could be as low as 40A. Consists of up to 60% bio-based content and spices (Cinnamon)....
12. Nuatan >> Crafting Plastics
Made of 100% plant-based biopolymers produced out of plant-based renewable resources. The material solutions can withstand temperatures of over 100 degrees Celsius and have an estimated lifespan of 1-50 years depending on blend composition, with stable properties while stored. When put in an industrial composter, it degrades into water, CO2 and biomass within 120 days.
14. Acoustic Tile >> Mogu
Acoustic modules made from soft, foam-like mycelium materials and of upcycled textile residues. Thanks to the unique technology, these panels represent today the most sustainable solution dedicated to acoustic comfort. They are characterised by a unique velvety finishing and a 3D shape, to maximise sound absorption.
17. CGC >> Ecobrain
Upcycling of spent coffee grounds, the Coffee Ground Composite is a new material that can be utilized in the production of many products of endless design. Due to its thermoplastic character, it can be molded into various 3D shapes. Patterns of any kind can further be embossed to achieve the desired design.
19. Denuo >> Highsocietystudio
A range of materials for 3D printing made from agrifood waste. Spent grains, coffee, wine, tobacco, even garlic is used, allowing local food producers to give their waste a second life. It comes in different colours (depending on the waste used) and different transparencies.
21. BeaNused® >> Colloids
Materials processed through mixing recycled coffee grounds into a variety of plastics, including bioplastics, renewable and recycled polymers, and ocean waste. These materials can then be shaped and formed into many different products. Icorporating recycled coffee grounds into plastic reduces coffee waste going to landfills.
22. Senilia Coffee >> Highsocietystudio
This collection explores the use of the by-products of the coffee industry: the coffee silver skin. In Italy, the annual amount of this by-product is estimated to be 7,500 Tons.
The silver skin is the peel that covers and protects the outer layer of the coffee bean. It falls off during the removal of the bean from the fruit, the drying process and the roasting.
23. Wheat Fillament >> Greenfill3d
The production of pasta results in waste in the form of wheat bran. It is mixed with other natural and biodegradable materials (including PLA), resulting in a filament that decomposes in natural environment under anaerobic conditions (compost) within several weeks. Several variants of filament saturation with wheat bran – from 5% to 20%.
24. Ooho >> Notpla
An edible bubble made from seaweed that revolutionises how liquids are packaged by replacing the need for single-use plastic. 100% plastic-free, vegan, and naturally biodegradable. Globally abundant and fast-growing, seaweed doesn’t require freshwater, land or fertiliser. This is the building-block for Notpla's products.
26. Pea Protein Films >> Xampla
Bioplastic made from pea protein. The company takes dried peas, extract protein isolate from them, turn this into pea protein resin that can then be cast into edible films. A drop-in solution compatible with existing manufacturing processes for single-use plastics and micro-plastics including flexible films, microcapsules, and coatings.
28. Orism >> Peelsphere
Made from used fruit peels (bananas & oranges) and algae to create a biodegradable plant-based material that offers an alternative to leather. It is a versatile and waterproof textile that can be hardened to form accessories like buttons, or left malleable and soft for items such as bags.
29. Bananatex® >> Bananatex
The world’s first durable, technical fabric made purely from the naturally grown Abacá banana plants. Cultivated in the Philippine highlands within a natural ecosystem of sustainable mixed agriculture and forestry, the plant is self-sufficient, requires no pesticides, fertilizer or extra water.
31. Piñtex >> Ananas Anam
Textiles made of fibre from the leaves of the pineapple plant. These leaves are considered a waste product of the existing pineapple harvest. Through repurposing agricultural waste into natural textiles, Ananas Anam creates social impact by introducing new jobs in rural areas, while providing a second and diversified income stream.
32. Seaweed Paper >> Notpla
As the company extracts the gelatinous part of seaweed, what’s left behind are fibres and biomass that can be turned into paper, enabling a new circular way of using the entire seaweed. Notpla Paper is visually distinct, tactile, fully printable, and converts easily to secondary packaging.
33. Sea Leather >> ICTYOS
A French marine tannery, offering three fish leather collections (Salmon, Trout, Sturgeon) that are unfinished leathers with a soft, natural feel, highlighting the natural relief of the fish skin. These very supple leathers will develop a patina over time, giving a slight shine, a gradual plating of the scaled pattern and nuances of colour.
34. Sea Stone >> New Tab 22
Collected discarded seashells from seafood industries, are then processed, ground and mixed with mineral, sand and natural binders following a recipe which had been developed for more than a year with hundreds of test. Ultimately, those mixtures can maximize the benefit of the materials, as well as textures and hardness.
36. BeanCrete >> Kenzo Biswas
Transforming Agricultural Waste into Sustainable Toys.
An innovative, circular material made from Fava Bean shells and starch, formed into a solid MDF-like material through pressure and heat. Fully biodegradable, with applications such as toy blocks for children, it teaches important environmental concepts like biodegradability and circularity, inspiring the next generation to care for our planet.