Kichin is a sustainable and biodegradable material alternative made from food waste. This project was initially created for the Biodesign Challenge.
Research, Design, Sustainability
How do we move towards a more sustainable future?
As designers, we must be aware of how materiality affects consumer products. Plastic is an often-used material that is utilized in everything from packaging to household items. The problem with plastic items is that they are often quickly disposed of. Plastic takes over 450 years to degrade, which causes the material to build up in landfills.
Kichin: a solution
Kichin is made completely out of food waste and natural resources. Kichin strives to keep both plastic and waste out of landfills, and is biodegradable when disposed. It also uses heatless manufacturing, which reduces harm to the environment during production.
Food waste is a cheap, abundant, and readily available resource. Kichin turns waste into value by utilizing food waste as a resource, while saving the energy and cost of recycling and manufacturing plastic.
Kichin has the ability to create a community and spread awareness on both large and small scales. Large scale: building a relationship/system of recycling food waste from businesses to manufacturing facilities.
Small scale: community recycling and DIY material making.
Process. research. experimentation.
The fibrous nature of orange peels gives the material its strong and durable structure. The peels also make up the mass of the material.