Fortunately we can find eco-friendly packaging examples more than before. Scoby is one of them – packaging material that can be cultivated along with its content. It’s an innovative packaging solution of zero-waste while feeding the soil.
Turn Bio-waste into Bio-material
MakeGrowLab takes local food waste (such as roots, fruits or vegetables) and turns it into alternatives to plastic packaging – Scoby. It’s a packaging material or solution that follows the process of vegetable cultivation.
I think I don’t get enough information about their “growing” technology from waste, but the concept of “from waste to material” looks very interesting. So let me introduce Scoby briefly like this.
- Form of pure cellulose which grows like vegetables
- Living packaging material that can be cultivated along with its content
- Home compostable, stronger than paper, self-adhesive & customizable
- Good for dry and semi dry future farmer products (such as herbs and seeds) or soap bars
More eco-friendly packaging example
I think the photos they submitted to designboom shows the concept of Scoby well, better than words so you’d better check the link. MakeGrowLab also develops (or grows) Transleather, a unique leather alternative which requires fewer sources than animal based leather.
Although there’re many eco-friendly packaging examples, they usually need to be recycled. Perhaps “home compostable” is the best thing that we can expect with this sustainable packaging material. We don’t even need to recycle this packaging material and it’s worth to pay in the long term (Scoby might be recycled to be another Scoby).
As a designer I feel guilty to add packages (or another pretty trash) to the earth. Zero waste is kind of ideal but this could (or must) be future of packaging. Scoby doesn’t look suitable for all kinds of product but it demonstrates we can make packaging zero-waste. I’m wondering if Scoby is actually edible though it doesn’t taste good – anyway you just can feed the soil.
It looks a bit ironical that Scoby also needs a cardboard box to be shipped. MakeGrowLab sells packaging sample boxes but most of the products are currently not available on their online shop.
I hope their journey to future of packaging would make us free from plastic packaging and beyond.
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