[SHAPL Design Magazine] Food Waste Tableware
Food Waste Tableware_New Design
In North America and Europe, food waste per person per year is around 209 to 253 pounds. The average person eats about four pounds of food a day, this translates to about a months worth of food that ends up being waste.
Kosuke Araki, a Japanese designer living in Tokyo, “creates works in search of values or sensitivities that have been slighted in the process of rapid modernisation. He believes that there must be something vital which cannot be attained by simply pursuing efficiency and rationality
His most recent work, titled Anima, showcases Araki’s idea of reutilizing the food waste and transforming it into usable tableware. He has been working to utilize plant-based materials to find alternatives to plastics.
By using a combination of charcoal, animal by-products and Urushi (Japanese lacquer), Araki is able to mold the mixture into shape. Adding the lacquer strengthens the tableware.
He is able to take something that people throw out and call garbage and transform it into “something beautiful and precious.”
Araki hopes this project is able to put into perspective how much waste we produce.