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Sakura: fighting against plastic take-away


Marta García Padilla

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  • Course: Master of Product Design Labs
  • Edition: Enero 2015
  • School: Design
  • Headquarters: Madrid

Is plastic the only, let alone, the best alternative?

Sakura is a project consisting in the design of Japanese take-away food made from bamboo paper. The main motivation is to search for a new design which can contribute in the reduction of contamination due to the use of plastic. After a trip to the Dominican Republic I saw beaches full of plastic waste, from this moment I decided to make my own contribution to the environment.

256 million tons of plastic are manufactured, of these, 25 million tons become waste. There are several alternatives that can help reduce this pollution: recycling, reusing and the use of alternative materials such as biodegradable materials and bio-plastics.

I reached my final product inspired by Japanese culture and using bamboo as my biodegradable material. Containers made from bamboo paper are assembled like origami and turn a simple flat sheet of paper into a rigid box. Chopsticks are used as the closing mechanism. There are three final sizes with three different colours: 8/12 pieces, 20/24 pieces and 6/8 pieces; these combining black, crimson maroon and recycled brown.