by Green Plastics
Reduce, reuse, recycle…. digest!
Introducing a new product that has taken the interior design scene by storm: a fully biodegradable, compostable, and edible bioplastic desk lamp.
Created by American designer Victor Vetterlein, the BITE ME Desk Lamp is an algae-based plastic, made using the same basic recipe and method that we have described on this website, in the article Make your own algae bioplastic.
The core ingredients are agar (the polymer substance found in seaweed and algae), vegetable glycerin, purified water, food coloring, and flavoring.
The desk lamp comes in orange, cherry, blueberry, and apple. Yes, that’s the flavor of the lamp, not just the color.
The ingredients of the bioplastic are all natural, non-toxic, and edible. In fact, all of the ingredients can usually be bought in a regular corner grocery store. As a result, when you are done with the lamp, you can compost it… or you can eat it.
But the plastic part is not only edible, it’s good for you. Agar is low in sodium, cholesterol and saturated fat. It is a good source of vitamins E and K and other trace minerals. It will not be out of bounds for any healthy diet.
How did Victor Vetterlein come up with this genius idea for a biodegradable, edible desk lamp?
You guessed it: he read the Green Plastics Book, the same place where most of the recipes that we talk about on this website come from. Here is a photo of all of the ingredients used to create the BITE ME desk lamp, along with the book that inspired the idea:
What new product can you invent, by experimenting with home-made bioplastics?