Hundreds of millions of plastic utensils end up in landfills every year, each with a design as bland as the food it once served. Engineers have concocted biodegradable plastics made from plants to counter the environmental impact, but rely on the same tired design recipes. These eco-plastics have gotten so good it’s often hard to distinguish what objects belong in the trash bin versus the compost heap. Chinese designer Qiyun Deng believes that these Earth-friendly wonder materials should be celebrated and developed into a line of disposable cutlery inspired by, and made from, corn.
Her collection of bioplastic spoons, forks, and knives pay homage to their agrarian origins—celery stalks are transformed into forks, corn husks become knives, and a baby carrot inspired a spoon for babies. The collection, called Graft, brings a heaping helping of style, and a touch of surrealism, to a category dominated by single-use sporks. Deng has […]
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