BACK TO MATERIALS TALK #2: CLOSING THE COCOA LOOP

Yesterday, together with Isola Design District we hosted our TALK #2 from the series BACK TO MATERIALS. We interviewed a very multidisciplinary team from Ecuadorian design studio Lakò.

Lakò has developed flexible bioplastic sheets made from cocoa crop waste. The material is both biodegradable and compostable and can be used in consumer goods, packaging, decoration, construction, and digital manufacturing. It is also possible to choose different finishing: smooth or texturized, matt, semi-matt or glossy, and semi-transparent.

The material is part of a project called Kajkao: Biomaterials From Cacao and aims to make the cocoa harvesting process more sustainable and profitable. The project not only turns cocoa crop waste into a new compostable and biodegradable material but also helps to foster better living conditions for cocoa farmers and their communities. Overall, the project promotes responsible consumption and offer high-quality goods by closing the chocolate production cycle. Check it out!

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