Chitosan Biopalstics: Durable, biodegradable and recyclable material that is made from crustacean shell waste. A research project done in collaboration with Ronny Haberer to discover reliable source for plastic alternative.
Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum Material Research • Sustainable Design • Packaging Design • Product Engineering
Paul Kheem, Ronny Haberer, Fall 2017
A boy swims through Manila Bay collecting recyclable plastic waste. Image shows the seriousness of marine pollution. © Reuters
The oceans face a massive and growing threat from something you encounter everyday: plastics. An estimated 17.6 billion pounds of plastic leaks into the marine environment from land-based sources every year—this is roughly equivalent to dumping a garbage truck full of plastic into the oceans every minute.
Sheet molded in repetitive hexagonal pattern, Chitosan 12%, Acidity 3%, Additives 0%, Cure time 48hrs.
Scrap materials from different experiments reconstituted into new material in 72 hours. Every piece had a different cure time, acidity and ratio of the components.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Triple Beam Balance
Oven / Microwave
3d printed PLA
Conclusion on Production
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Dec 2017