INTRODUCTION TO BIOPLASTICS
Have you heard about bioplastics and want to know more? Do you want to learn how to make them yourself? Did you know that you could replace the use of plastics and leather with a 100% biodegradable alternative?
This is an introductory workshop on biomaterials generated from organic waste. To get started, we will discuss some fundamental aspects to understand the urgent need for sustainable production: contextualization, linear economy vs circular economy, definition of bioplastics. We will see the uses and applications of biomaterials in different fields. I will show you inspiring examples of bioplastic usage.
We will manufacture bioplastics. You will learn work processes using gelling agents. I will provide you with different recipes using gelatin and its possible variations. You will learn about binders, fillers, and other necessary ingredients to produce bioplastics. We will see different types of molds. You will develop your own samples. The samples should remain drying for about a week in the workshop to avoid spoiling, and can be picked up after that time.
In module II, we will work on recipes and work processes using starches and sodium alginate.
Date: 22.04.2023 from 10am to 2pm
Number of participants: min 5 / max 10
Last registration date: 2 days before the start of the course
Instructors: Maria Carelli