A desire to make the most of the conveniences of plastic and better support the environment is inspiring some forward-thinking companies to turn their attention to sustainable materials like biodegradable and recyclable bioplastic.
A group of four designers from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College teamed up to develop a project called Shellworks, which uses a series of machines and seafood waste to create bioplastic objects. The material, made from the shells of crustaceans, forms a paper-like material that has the potential to replace conventional single-use plastics. Due to the makeup of the material, its stiffness and flexibility can be changed based on the need of the object.
In all, five machines are used to create the recyclable bioplastic materials: Shelly, Sheety, Vaccy, Dippy and Drippy.