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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