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From Peels to Casein

Cows and the products made with casein bioplastic
Eunji Jun/ Patrick Grütter

"From peels to casein" is a project made of industrial dairy surplus that is dyed with plant-based food waste.
The project is an attempt to influence our behavior towards using plastics and wasting food by creating an alternative
that will make us reflect on our daily consumption habits.

Food waste comprises things that we produce almost every day, even without noticing it. Its production ranges from huge industrial scales to small domestic scales (i.e. households). A large amount of food produced globally is never being consumed. At the global level, large amounts of milk go to waste even before it reaches the store. Not only does this result in economic loss, it also has an adverse impact on planet Earth. There are numerous possibilities and ways to use wasted food as a raw material for various products, instead of just throwing it away. In light of the above, the aim of this project is to suggest an alternative material which is completely non-toxic and made out of food waste. Furthermore, increasing the awareness of today’s actual wastage as well as appreciation towards food. As I am living in Switzerland right now, I especially focus on milk and plant-based food waste (e.g. aged fruits and vegetables, peels, damaged ones), since Switzerland is a country known for its dairy products. These happen to be the country’s biggest wastage, which is essentially why I wanted to work with it.

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Eunji Jun

Eunji Jun is an object and product designer based in Korea and Switzerland. She is focusing on materials, systems in product design, sustainable design and problem solving. She loves combining new technology or material with traditional way of product making, building prototypes and chiefly, experimenting with shapes and materials.