We are thrilled to kick-off our first talk from BACK TO MATERIALS, a series of live talks taking place at the Isola Design District digital platform. We will be talking with designers from different backgrounds and nationalities, who have in common a drive for developing innovative materials for a sustainable future.
From Seoul to London and from Lithuanian to Ecuador, we are excited to share with you, different realities and approaches to sustainability, circular economy, and design. Today we’ve talked with South Korean designer Hye Hyun Song. She is currently working on research called the Breathe Project.
Breathe aims to give life to sustainable masks made form eggshells waste. Hye Hyun explains that eggshells like other protein-rich waste, attract vermin and rodents and therefore they are often rejected by landfills.
Every year 250,000 tons of eggshell waste is produced worldwide, and this number is likely to increase following an expansion of the food additives industry such as mayonnaise. Eggshells, therefore, will become more and more an economically and environmentally problematic type of waste.