Ugly produce is having a moment. After decades of going straight to landfills and compost heaps, three-legged carrots and bulbous tomatoes are starting to make it onto shelves at a few pioneering grocery stores.

For stores that aren’t quite ready to put weird-looking produce on display, a new brand in the Netherlands is selling the vegetables in a different form. Kromkrommer—a play on the Dutch words for cucumber and crooked—blends imperfect potatoes and beets into soup and packages them up with cute cartoon versions of the misshapen veggies.

More: How To End Food Waste, One Ugly Vegetable At A Time | Co.Exist | ideas + impact

— rw

5 things you didn’t know about…biodegradable plastics

‘Biodegradable plastics can be plant- or oil-based. The plant-based variety are known as bioplastics and are derived from raw materials such as corn and potato starch, so they are sustainable as well as biodegradable.’

1. Polythene is biodegradable as long as it has a molecular weight of less than 500.

2. Additives are used to enhance the biodegradation of a plastic and work by breaking up the plastic’s chains. Additives can be introduced in different amounts so that biodegradation begins after the required shelf life and at a controlled rate.

3. When biodegradable plastics are buried in landfill, there is a limited supply of oxygen and water so they break down anaerobically, releasing methane.

4. The oxo-biodegradable process consists of two steps – first an oxidisation process takes place under heat or light, which reduces the molecular weight of the plastic. Then microbes break down the plastic further.

5. It is estimated that the manufacturing capacity of bio-based materials and biochemicals, including those going into bioplastics, will increase to around 14,000Mt by 2017.

For more on the history of biodegradable plastics, read Maria Felice Material of the Month piece here


Printemps Take Away by Nat Tattaglia, Olaya Pintado & Eli García / Béhance

Fictitious promotion for a restaurant company called Lateral, which takes place in spring season. “Printemps”, spring in french, it’s a set of different packagings that facilitate the transport and consumption of the brochettes that Lateral offers in its menu, but outdoors.