Barbara Gollackner exhibited a collection of 3D printed tableware from food waste
During Vienna Design Week, which kicked off on September 24, design studio Barbara Gollackner exhibited a highly innovative collection made using a food 3D printer. Called Wasteware, it is a series of cutlery and tableware made from industrial as well as personal food waste. The collection includes a variety of tableware such as mugs, teaspoons and more, all made from stale bread or pigskin. The waste is transformed into a paste which is then extruded on an FDM printer. The studio has a clear message with this collection. She wants to fight against food waste and the production of disposable dishes which have a negative effect on our environment.
One of the advantages of 3D printing is that it only uses the necessary material, thus reducing the amount needed and by extension waste. To make this even more environmentally friendly, thanks to 3D printing, it is also often possible to reuse the waste found there, to recover it to create a new product, or even food. These circular economy projects are more and more numerous. One example is Upprinting Food, a Dutch initiative that 3D prints different meals from food waste. The Barbara Gollackner studio starts from the same idea but prints crockery.
Barbara Gollackner is an Austrian designer who noticed a simple yet disturbing trend. Namely that 90 million tonnes of food per year are wasted, which is then added to the 30 million tonnes of waste from single-use dishes. For this reason, she decided to come up with possible solutions that could address these two problems and ultimately encourage consumers and society to reduce their environmental impact. The designer first collected industrial waste from a meat factory in Austria as well as personal waste like bread. She explains, “In one way we use the waste that we produce ourselves, in the other we use industrial food waste, such as pig skin. There are huge amounts of pig skins thrown away in Austria by the meat industry.
This waste is then transformed into a paste to be easily extruded by a 3D printer: it is first dried or cooked, then mixed with mycelium (the vegetative part of the mushrooms) to obtain the desired consistency. The designer explains that she can add water, breadcrumbs or other foods in some cases. Chef Peter König comes next and 3D prints the desired shapes. Barbara wanted to keep the objects simple so as not to make the printing process too complex. So there are spoons, coffee cups, bowls, etc. The result is unusual since the different items take on the color of an eggplant, recycled peas, etc.
This long-term work – the designer has been working on this project for several months – in any case makes it possible to raise a real social issue in an innovative and original way. What if it could encourage consumers to transform their food waste? You can find all of the Austrian studio’s projects HERE.
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