An Art Graduate Created a Milk-Based Alternative to Plastic

By: Mishal Omar - Jun 28, 2016
References: cargocollective & dezeen
London-based artist and designer Tessa Silva-Dawson created a plastic substitute that is made from natural ingredients.

Called the 'Protein project,' the artist's creation consists of waste from a dairy farm in Sussex to create this unique material. The production process begins by using heat to separate the milk's curds, which are then dried out and "mixed with a natural plasticiser to turn them into pellets." By shaping and adding pigments to her creations, the artist proves that the material can be used to create other products.

What functions as a peculiar art piece is also an environmentally friendly plastic substitute that could reduce waste, reduce the use of synthetic plastics and overall have a smaller ecological footprint.