Circular economy | Material innovation

Carried out at

MA Biodesign

Central Saint Martins

University of the Arts London

Material Design Lab  

—   KEA School of Design

and Technology

Biologigaragen Lab

Conducted with 

Margot Massenet


Nancy Diniz | Course Leader

MA Biodesign

Carole Collet | Professor in Design for Sustainable Futures 

Alice Taylor | Lecturer of Biology and Living Systems

Shem Johnson | Grow Lab Specialist Technician

Special mentions

Zoë Powell | KEA Guest Speaker

Channel Vestergaard | Little Pink Maker Founder


London  —  UK

Copenhagen  —  Denmark


March  —  Nov. 2019

Promoting a circular economy by using foodwaste

and greenwaste to create new materials. Taking benefits from our waste, while producing less.

Food waste represents 1.3 trillion tonnes per year worldwide. It is time to consider them as a valuable eco-resource in terms of innovation. Some common applications of bio-based materials are packaging materials, dining ustensiles, food packaging, and insulation. In this sens, the raw material used include a wide range of properties and promote a circular economy, by upcycling our local waste.


This research showed that 50% of the biomaterials created during this project has been biodegraded after being placed in a natural environment for a month. 


Food waste collection.

Capture d’écran 2020-10-02 à 10.31.15.

Biomaterials collection | Made from pistachio shells, banana peels, eggshells, carrot peels, peanut shells, wood chips, cork, etc.


Biodegradation tests on 28 days.