Insect Plastic

9th November 2013

With the fact that we will be eating insects for a rich source of protein in the future as land for livestock becomes an issue along with the environmental issues associated with green house gas emissions from cattle, there will be new industries evolving around the harvesting of bugs and insects.

With the increase in Entomology and the resulting new businesses around it there will also be an increase in waste of the parts we dont eat and also waste from their natural growing process.

Although personally this is not top of my list of food stuffs to eat, it is a fact and I was therefore particularly interested in seeing the plastic from beetles by Aagje Hoekstra shown during Dutch Design Week.

Utilising the meal worm beetle which is considered waste in the food industry that harvests mealworms (currently being bred for animal feed) Aagje makes the use of the natural chitin in the armour of the beetle. Using a process in the lab she transforms the chtiin into chitostan and makes an insect plastic that she is calling Coleoptera.

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