We Want a Self-Fertilizing Planter Made of Upcycled Lobster Shells

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(via) A group of designers from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College banded together to form Shellworks, a team that created a versatile bioplastic made by mixing vinegar with chitin, the naturally occurring polymer found in lobster shells.

“The Shellworks team created five of their own machines, named Shelly, Sheety, Vaccy, Dippy and Drippy, to manipulate the chitin-based materials with varying stiffness, flexibility, thickness, and translucence. The resulting range of potential products includes self-fertilizing planters, pill blister packs, and food containers, which can be recycled or composted. By making this process more accessible and affordable, Shellworks hopes that their innovations might allow for larger-scale replacement of the plastic we use every day.”

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