- story by MaterialDistrict
Eggware is a new ceramic & concrete like material that is made out of calcareous food waste – eggshells – and an algae-based biobinder. On an average, 1.1 trillion eggs are hatched every year for human consumption while one-third of global food produced goes to waste due to imbalanced food distribution. Although, all biodegradable, imagine the amount of eggshells that are left over and can you visualise all the calcium that completely goes wasted and remains underutilised?
YLEM meticulously experiments and creates tangibles that are naturally white, lightweight, rigid, powdery, water-absorbent and strong. Once their purpose is complete, these products can, quite literally, be crushed and thrown away in the compost, adding protein and other nutrients to the soil. Moreover, it has low propagation of fire, which means that the material can also self-extinguish!