I am a 25 years-old Italian Product designer just graduated at Politecnico di Milano in Product design for Innovation. During my thesis I developed a tinkering and experimentation process on a material waste:fish waste. My research thesis is focalized to give new live to fish waste, and trying to find the good way to transform it in an alternative material.
Soft / hard: slightly soft
Shiny / mate: middle way
Others: flexible, shapable
Most of the waste is composed by fish bones, heads, skin and scales. After my research about what is already exist, I decide to exclude the skin, because several designer, asso- ciation and industrial are working on it, and the improvement grows more and more.
Fishmongers is specialized in debone and cleaning fish for consumers, in order to make easier the cooking part. As a result, each day he has a big amount of waste, more than 20kg per day. My experimentation has been focalized on fish scales: the scales are formed in the dermis. They have the function of providing a sort of external support, but more than anything else they protect the underlying tissues. At first sight the fish scales seems fragile, but is not like this. They are really resistant, and thanks to their trasparency and sheen are a beauty to observe. Their beauty lies in their apparent fragility and their property of seeing through them. I made some experiments trying to differentiate the grams fish scales and glycerol quantity. The most satisfying result was where the quantity of fish scale is lower, where they are more rare and not regular, and where the quantity of glycerol is more than normal. Given its expressive sensory properties, I looked for a bio-plastic recipe which when it was dried is trasparent in order to keep the trasparent charactheristic of scales.