The Hoyan Ip Bio-Trimmings project takes unwanted wasted food and turns into fashionable statement pieces.
Fashion is ever-changing and always booming, and Hoyan Ip's discarded food embellishments help add to the industry by suggesting an unusual eco-friendly fabric choice. The food is dried and cooked until hardened, then blended to create buttons, sequins, buckles and other ornaments for shirt bottoms and collars. The hard lumpy texture of the food embellishments resembles eccentrically colored dry pasta.
Ip wants to re-brand popular clothing industries and encourage them to make ethically sound fashion choices. The overall goal of the Hoyan Ip Bio-Trimmings project is to increase awareness about how much food waste occurs daily as well as to to develop an economically sustainable hardware alternative for the future.