THAT?S IT is a line of experimental packaging made of new, biodegradable algae-based material. this new material stands as an alternative to persistent, non-biodegradable plastic. the material perfectly holds its shape, is waterproof, and protects the product against possible damage. it is light in weight and resistant to compression. made of only two natural ingredients, i.e. agar dissolved in water and calcium carbonate; also impregnated with vegetable based emulsifying wax. this material is wholly organic and compostable. after the product is consumed, its packaging can simply be composted or used as a fertiliser to retain soil moisture. even if THAT’S IT packaging has been discarded as waste, due to natural processes and micro-organisms it will again become a part of nature, forming new layers of chalk, and will cause no harm to the environment or other forms of living
all my experiments with materials also figure as an inseparable part of the final solution. This way I want to show the processes that lay behind the final product
the packaging has plywood lids that have been attached to containers using natural rubber bands
while working on my final thesis I have followed Zero Waste philosophy and sought to shed light on an increasingly prevalent problem of environmental pollution, as well as to reduce its impact through the processes and alternative products I create
THAT’S IT packaging is the result of an experimental practice that was aimed at finding a substitute for synthetic plastic using only natural resources which would later on form a new cycle of nature. I had tested a number of natural materials as well as their mixtures before I came up with the most suitable solution
all the waste produced during the design process has been collected and will be reused later on in other creative practices
one of the packages I had designed was broken and buried in the forest, in the soil covered with leaves from last year so as to verify biodegradation. although the process is rather slow, clearly visible deterioration should be witnessed in a few months time. the packaging, which was buried on 17 May 2016, is being regularly monitored; it has already softened and started to decompose.