Chilean Designer Develops Material with Discarded Pits and Pulp from the Plum Industry
While researching materials for the latest Remade in Chile contest, industrial designer Genoveva Cifuentes found that her country is the second exporter of dehydrated plums in the world, and that, in the process of making these, the pits are discarded and then burned or used for compost.
Around 47 thousand tons of this product are wasted every year. Because it's composed of cellulose and lignin, and since it has nutrients, she thought it could make a resistant yet biodegradable material. Thus she came up with the idea to produce gardening accessories such as pots, name sticks and seedbeds.
All of them can be put directly in the soil. Not only they biodegrade, but they also favor seeds germination adding nutrients and thermic isolation.
The project was given the name Inplum, and won the first prize in the Remade in Chile contest. The designer has not informed yet if there are plans to start production of it. For more, contact the organization.
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