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MaDe Participant
Name

Mar Ribot

Material
Watermelon material
Nationality
Spanish
Classification
Vegetable
Workshop
Milan
Category
Industry
Profile

I have just finished my degree in product design in Barcelona. Now, we are creating a collective to do new projects with nonconvencional materials. The world of materials has always been a great handicap for me.

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Material Qualities
Color: red/pink
Soft / hard: flexible
Shiny / matt: matt and traslucid
Smells: sweet
Texture: organic and changing
Others: it looks like a meaty texture
Material Recipe
Only watermelon is needed; the pulp wasted and the skin is white.
Material Application
All types of disposable packaging. From edible packaging such as cutlery, plates or other containers to industrial packaging such as booklet covers, envelopes, paper...
Material Narrative
Watermelon material comes from wasted watermelon. It is one of the most consumed fruits during the summer and contains a large amount of matter that is not consumed and this makes it possible to make much use of this waste. But most important of all, it is 100% watermelon material. This is because in summer it has a large amount of pectin, an aspect that makes a biomaterial elastic and resistant, without the need to look for another binder to
create a bioplastic. Once this material is created it can be recycled many times.
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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. If you are living in Italy, the UK or Spain please apply to the MaDe workshops in the relevant cities.

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