The OSTRA alternative material is a sustainable ceramic-like material made from oyster shells that intends to close the loop in a circular economy. The bio-based material, developed by design student Jane Echard, reduces toxic landfill waste by collecting oyster shells that would otherwise be discarded. The OSTRA alternative material maintains a sustainable life cycle for these collected shells through the engagement of scientists, manufacturers, farmers, and restaurateurs in the production process. This circularity allows all parts of the oyster to be used, ultimately benefiting both the local economies involved and the environment.
The OSTRA alternative material is rich in character and highly durable making it ideal for mass manufacturing projects. Playing to the strengths of the material, Echard created a line of housewares that have unique shapes and natural stone-like finishes.
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The OSTRA Alternative Material is Sustainable and Multipurpose
1. Circular Economy Materials - The use of alternative materials made from waste byproducts to create a circular economy offers innovative opportunities for sustainable production and waste reduction.
2. Bio-based Materials - The development of sustainable and durable bio-based materials from natural sources presents an opportunity for eco-friendly product innovation.
3. Artisanal Housewares - Designing and manufacturing unique, durable and mass-producible housewares from sustainable materials like the OSTRA alternative material can bring artisanal style to any home while supporting eco-friendly practices.
1. Sustainable Manufacturing - The use of circular economy materials in manufacturing can help reduce toxic landfill waste, decrease resource consumption and promote a more environmentally friendly form of production.
2. Food & Hospitality Industry - By repurposing oyster shells that would otherwise be discarded by seafood restaurants, the OSTRA alternative material can significantly reduce the environmental impact of the food and hospitality industry.
3. Home Goods Manufacturing - The use of OSTRA alternative material in manufacturing durable, mass-producible and unique housewares presents an opportunity for sustainable and eco-friendly product innovation in the home goods industry.