Amtopus is a German company that is exploring sustainable packaging solutions by creating 3D-printed biomaterial packaging from apricot cores and other compostable, raw fruits and materials.
Unfortunately, many consumer products are packaged in plastics that are non-biodegradable and filled with chemicals that will only be leeched back into the environment for years to come. Amtopus is addressing some of these problems by repurposing simple materials like the center of apricots, which are discarded by fruit processing plants. As it stands, a container that is roughly the size of a shoebox takes about three hours to print.
Some of the other natural materials that are now being explored within the realm of packaging include everything from seaweed to funghi.