Östersjön Bio Plastic - 2017
Material exploration. Collaboration with Stina Henriksson, Xiaoru Chen and Maja Lindh.
4400 tones of algae are each year transported from the beaches of Malmö, over 20000 tones in all of Skåne, to remove the “ugly” from nature and give us a true beach experience. Lack of knowledge and strategies of how to take care of it has previously led to this resource being treated as waste or seen as a problem. But the algae have many good qualities.
We experimented with different recipes to come up with an algae-based bioplastic. By varying the recipe, the material could be made hard or soft like cork.
From the harder algae-plastic, we made jewelry, to show that algae isn’t gross.
From the soft plastic, we made flip flops. We brought the algae back to the beach! (With the Flip Flops on you avoid stepping on the icky stuff.) These are just examples to showcase the quality of the plastic, which can be developed further and with other possible use.