Rpel project

A set of disposable tableware.
Made in potato waste bioplastics.
Location: Rpel fries restaurant, Eindhoven, NL

Acting as the fourth main crop behind rice, wheat and maize, potato plays an important role in human diet allover the world. Food processing industries particularly potato chips manufacturing industries generate a huge volume of potato peel as by product which is usually discarded causing environmental concern due to its microbial spoilage. With the deepening of potato processing industries, complete utilizing of the raw material shows more and more importance for the urgent demand for reducing feedstock waste. While no potato food processing may be started without the step of peel removal, the generation of potato peel is unavoidable. Industrial processing generates between 70 and 140 thousand tons of peels worldwide annually.

For making potato plastics, I needed a source. I went to Rpel, a place downtown where delicious biological fries are being made every day. For my project I was provided with the waste Rpel produced. In return, I wanted to give something back. Plates and tableware made in their own potato waste, replacing paper, cardboard and plastic usage. This project has become a mission to make Rpel a waste-less place, where each potato is being upcycled, and where its full potential is being used.