- story by MaterialDistrict
10 billion eggs a year are produced in the Netherlands, which makes the country the largest egg exporter in the world. An egg produces a valuable material which is often seen as waste; its shell. Luckily, not all 10 billion eggshells are wasted, it’s often used as soil improver in agriculture. Eggshell Ceramic is a circular material derived from this industry to show new possibilities with this material. This project shows that we can also use the material one more time before it is given back to nature. Atelier LVDW developed a biodegradable but strong material out of the eggshells which can be a sustainable replacement for single use plates. The material has the look of ceramics but the weight of cardboard, which makes it a versatile material. The material can easily be recycled into calcium water, which can be used as a nutrient for lime-loving plants. This project creates an extra “dot” in this materials lifecycle. Eggshell Ceramic received a Gold Award in the BeyondPlastic competition 2021.
Disposable table-ware with this material is still in development. The studio also designs decorative art objects with the same material. We use biochar eco pigment from OurCarbon to provide a collection of grey colour tones.