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Enric Justo


I am an enthusiastic guy eager to widen my horizons in any field while doing my best! Double degree in Industrial Design Engineering & Textile Technology Engineering. 

Currently working as a Color&Trim Designer for the Automotive Industry yet chasing any chance for the change!

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Material Qualities
Color: Brown.
Soft / hard: Medium-hard (depending on the thickness and pressure applied).
Shiny / matt: Matt
Smells: Predominant smell of coffee, mixed with paper pulp.
Texture: Irregular surface and slightly grainy due to the particles of the materials on it.
Material Recipe
Egg cardboard box.
Coffee grounds: 300 g
Water: 800 mL (thinner).
Egg shell powder: 25 g.
Tea powder: 5 g.
Dry banana powder: 20 g.
Oyster powder: 15 g.
Dry flowers powder: 5 g.

(among many other possibilities)

- Drying / dehydration. Either with a dehydrator or by the natural effect of the sun&air until getting a rigid final product, easy to crush.

- Crushing / cutting up the materials. Once dried, all the materials have to be turned to powder. In the case of the egg box, it has to be cut up to small pieces.

- Boiling egg box. For 30 minutes, the recycled cardboard has to be soften so that it will be easier to get the paper pulp. The same water can be used for the next step.

- Blending. Once we have all the materials powder (fertilizers) we have to mix it with the paper pulp and blend it all together until we get a homogenous mass.

- Partial elimination of water. The dough has to be filtered out to reduce the excessive content of water.

- Molding / shaping. The desired geometry can be achieved either manually, with molds or even laminated by means of heat and pressure application.

- Drying. Once again, the final result has to be dried / dehydrated until getting a stiff material.
Material Application
1. Regular flower pot (application given during the workshop). The material must be thick enough so that it has the necessary stiffness.
2. Nursery / planter pots. Temporary flower pot (just as a container) directly buried to the ground, providing the necessary nutrients to the plant during its growth until it is definitely decomposed. It's a one-use solution, but it is aimed to give a new life.
3. Laminated solution. It can be applied as a coating for gardening solutions, providing extra fertilizers for the upcoming flowerbed.
4. Fertilizer. Due the nutrients provided by the food waste.
5. Packaging. As a biodegradable box.
Material Narrative
The material is born from my passion for flowers. At the beginning of the workshop I wanted to develop new materials with them as the main source, looking for the beauty, and playing with colors, shapes and the transparency of the material. However, while looking for a real application of my proposals and working with the concept of circular economy as a main goal, I came up with the idea of a biodegradable material used as a fertilizer, bringing to life green shoots. During the creation process, only food waste and used recycled packaging is used, raising life from left over products.
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MaDe, a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of The European Union, aims at boosting talents towards circular economies across Europe partnering with design and cultural institutions, Elisava, Ma-tt-er and Politecnico di Milano.

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