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MaDe Finalist

Fanny González Rodríguez

Rigid foam

I am an industrial designer with tons of curiosity. The combo design-tech-sustainability suits me. I’m currently studying Artistic Jewelry making in Barcelona. 

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Material Qualities
Depends on the soap you use, Rigid, Mate, No Looks spongy and It’s possible to add pigment
Material Application
Packaging for food containers Foam peanuts for fragile items inside boxes Sheets for building insulation Block formed to accommodate an item being protected Crafts and model building (architectural models)
Material Method
I don’t think the process of creating the material is similar, but the EPS products are manufactured through Injection Moulding. These steel and aluminum moulds can still be used when creating this bioplastic rigid foam.
Material Narrative
This material will replace polystyrene foam. Discarded polystyrene does not biodegrade for hundreds of years and due to its low specific gravity, blows in the wind and floats on water. It can have serious effects on the health of birds or marine animals that swallow significant quantities. However, this bio-foam has similar properties to EPS foam and it is compostable. Most polystyrene products are currently not recycled. In a restorative and regenerative economy, instead of EPS we would use this rigid bioplastic foam as packaging for food containers, or as foam peanuts for fragile items inside boxes.
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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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