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A water-resistant bio-packaging for commercial soaps made of artichoke leaves or peapods and 100% biodegradable materials.


PACKIOLI is a combination of the enormous artichoke and peapod waste especially in the west of Turkey to start a conversation about over-consumption of plastic and solve the problem of plastic packaging of the commercial soaps.


Addressing the issue of plastic packaging, PACKIOLI is a water-resistant soap packaging that uses artichoke leaf and peapod bioplastics which are 100% biodegradable and locally-sourced.

The goal behind the zero-waste wraps is to eliminate plastic packaging, also, meet the hygiene, logistics, and endurance needs of the commercial soap brands. With its sealed edges and compatibility with manufacturing methods such as heat sealing, PACKIOLI intended the zero-waste packaging to compete with existing plastic packaging in the market.

By using artichoke leaf, it tackles the enormous artichoke waste, 80% of each artichoke thrown out - especially in the west of Turkey.

'PACKIOLI' - Artichoke leaf Bioplastic + Peapod Bioplastic

PACKIOLI is an 100% biodegradable and local-source alternative to soap packaging even for multipacks.

PACKIOLI can compete with traditional packaging materials which are currently used in the market with sealed edges - water, dirt and dust resistant.

It is flexible which can be formed in any shape.

It is resistant to water even if it contacts with water for up to 1 week.

Also, it has an easy-tear opening in case of direct contact with human skin under water pressure.

PACKIOLI biodegrades in the water in 10 to 15 days.

It has a moisturizer property.

Natural colors from plants – beetroot and turmeric, without any chemicals.

A surface finishing that is suitable for edible printing or bioprinting.

About Alara ERTENĂœ

Alara ErtenĂ¼ is a biodesigner, material researcher and 4th year industrial design student based in Izmir, TURKEY. She believes that to achieve sustainability and circularity, local wastes are one of the crucial starting point for working on biomaterials and show people that these materials can turn into every-day products from where we live.
ErtenĂ¼ continues her education in Izmir University of Economics and preparing for the masters in biodesign alongside with establishing her personal brand.



Side view of the PACKIOLI — © Alara ERTENĂœ

Process of the 'Peapod Bioplastic'