This too shall pass: Future Packaging

19th November 2014

Materials being used in new ways is pushing the boundaries of design, but the industry that appears to have been slow on the uptake of the opportunities afforded by new materials is the packaging industry.

Of course the holy grail is reusable, bio degradable zero carbon foot print packing so it is entirely obvious that the packaging itself needs to be part of the product to give it a future proof relevance.

Considering this and the legacy of packaging especially on food products that have a very short time span, Tomorrow Machine a futures design studio split between Paris and Stockholm question packaging and product and how they can in fact work in symbiosis.

There project titled 'This Too Shall Pass' is a series of food packages where the packaging itself has the same short life as the foods they contain.

The 'Oil package' is made of caramelised sugar coated with wax which you open much like cracking an egg. Once used the packaging can be melted in water.

In a similar vein the smoothie packaging is made from agar-agar seaweed and water and once opened will decompose.

Taking cues from natures packaging, the rice package is made from biodegradable beeswax that is opened as if peeling a piece of fruit.








Edible 'Kup'

8th September 2011

Taking inspiration from how villagers in developing areas of China, Laos and Papua New Guinea use ingredients from nature with which to eat, create and live, Japanese designer SugiX has designed and created an edible cup.

Sustainable and bio degradable he drew on local knowledge and self sufficiency in traditional villages considering manufacturing, local resources whilst considering the throw away culture of the developed world.

Made from rice flower, the Kup is an edible yet disposable cup and is named combining 'Kuu' which is 'eat' in Japanese and 'cup' in english.
for his project smile park, japanese designer sugiX creates sustainable products based on his experiences abroad.


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