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.
5 things you didn’t know about…biodegradable plastics
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
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.