Wasteware, it’s everything but the squeal in food recycling
July 4, 2006
Man and Humanity masters graduate Matthijs Vogels has developed a beautiful but extreme way to eliminate food waste by turning it into plates and bowls. At last week’s Design Academy Eindhoven MFA show, Vogels exhibited a concept restaurant in which all food waste would be recycled into sensual tableware as well as gas fuel for the cooking. Vegetable, fruit, tea, coffee and packaging waste is churned up, moulded under pressure and formed into any shape. The new material, which I am calling wasteware, is reusable, reminiscent of Indian leaf plates and bowls in its simplicity. Wastewear plates and bowls are fully compostable, easy to manufacture anew (even onsite), and are extremely sensually textured, reflecting the materials from which they are made. The material is so pretty that you would be tempted to use the bowls as a storage space for other precious things aside from food. It is as sturdy as a low-heat fired ceramic.
In Vogels’ recycling restaurant concept, SPROUT, guests would receive a small vessel made out of the waste/leftovers from their meal in combination with the restaurant’s leftovers including the composted plates. This souvenir of waste serves to remind guests of the circular system of waste, compost, growing food.