These Biodegradable Plates Are Made Completely From Food Waste

These Biodegradable Plates Are Made Completely From Food Waste

Plastic cutlery may be bad for the environment, but this tableware is made completely from table scraps.

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Credit: WhoMade & Michela Milani

Disposable tableware is a major burden on the environment. Just one plastic fork made from polypropylene and/or polystyrene is estimated to take between 10 to 100 years to decompose, and that’s only one piece of a set used to enjoy a picnic lunch. The problem with using cheap, disposable plastic plates and cutlery is that they are rarely – if ever – reused, and more often-than-not end up in landfills rather than recycling bins. This burden is a dilemma designers have been working tirelessly to remedy for a while now, and innovative options do exist.>

But until now, the idea of using table scraps to produce tableware has never been presented, and it’s a concept worth learning more about.

To utilize leftover table scraps and provide consumers with a sustainable tableware options, the Italian company WhoMade and designer Michela Milani partnered together to create Foodscapes.

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Credit: WhoMade & Michela Milani

The biodegradable tableware is made from food scraps and includes no additives, preservatives, colorants, thickeners, correctors, or artificial agents.

In addition, the prototypes developed to showcase the concept were made primarily out of either carrot peels or peanut shells.

Credit: WhoMade & Michela Milani

Credit: WhoMade & Michela Milani

Credit: WhoMade & Michela Milani

Credit: WhoMade & Michela Milani

The designers’ aim was to transform uneaten food into a functional design molded into the image of a seed, which can hold dry food.

Credit: WhoMade & Michela Milani

Credit: WhoMade & Michela Milani

Credit: WhoMade & Michela Milani

Credit: WhoMade & Michela Milani

The coolest thing about the biodegradable tableware? After use, the bowls can be dissolved in water and then added to soil to enrich it, similar to compost.

Credit: WhoMade & Michela Milani

Credit: WhoMade & Michela Milani

Such a clever idea no doubt makes the idea of food waste a bit more palatable. At least leftovers have a second life, even if it is serving up another meal.

Credit: WhoMade & Michela Milani

Credit: WhoMade & Michela Milani

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Learn more at WhoMade and Michela Milani.


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