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MaDe Participant

Mateo Alcázar Tomás

Back to sea

I ́m a spanish product designer currently based in Barcelona. I m passionate on Product Design, Art and Technology. I ́m a professional that love to connect design with any other human need, using the modern tools to create understandable concepts and better environments. 

I ́ve been working in product, graphic and interior design the last 6 years. Always interestaed on sustainability, i ́m actually working for Sustainn, a sustainability consultancy based in Barcelona on Circular economy research. 

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Project Information
Material Qualities
Whiteness, resistentance, CO2 absortion.
Color: White -Soft/ Hard: Both, depending on recipe -Shiny/ Mate: shiny -Smells: Ocean sea, fresh -Texture: Grany
Material Recipe
Agar agar+carbonate calcium (oyster powder)+drops of lemon+glicerine+water
Material Application
One of the reason why i ́ve choosed this material is because i ́ve read that oyster can help the repoblation of oyster if they are trowed back to the sea, so that gives me the idea of a plastic that when finishes on the ocean, can help to repoblation of oysters, and then to clean CO2 from air because that ́s what oyster do also.
Application for 3D Printed plastic (silicone) for produtcs, Packaging for food that ends in the sea, Plastic furniture, Plastic secondary packaging for fish food, To mix with cement for resistance and whiteness
Material Method
Mix the carbonate calcium+agar agar+ glicerina+lemon then you heat then you put it in a mold.
Material Narrative
Oyster shell is a common waste on Barcelona ́s food market such la Boquería thatcould be used in many applications. Carbonate calcium is the 96% of the composition of that shell, that also why it looks so white. This material have many diferent applications in the industry like paint or plastic. It gives whiteness and resistance/ strengh, that i ́ve choose to apply it in bioplastic. I liked the smell of the material when get grinded and i find beautifull the white color (witha little bit of blue-green) that gives when the powder get shaped.
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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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