On May 9th, one day before the REFRESH final conference 2019 that was organized in cooperation with the Barcelona Design Centre, four on hands experience were offered, featuring food waste innovators from business and civil society in the Barcelona area. One of these was "Zero Waste Mission", a hands-on workshop on how to make bioplastics from food waste, organized by Ignacio de Juan-Creix and Irene Ródenas from PLAT Institute of Augmented Gastronomy.
Tackling the problem of massive waste generation, more specifically the problem of plastic waste, this workshop focused on the research of bioplastics and how those can have different physical and aesthetic properties (color, density, strength, odor, etc.). In this 3-hour upcycling session, participants created their own bioplastics! The host was the PLAT, an open-source creative platform that through research and development, innovation and education addresses upcoming challenges of food-related industries. They use design thinking methodologies, cutting-edge technologies to develop effective solutions. The workshop instructors were Ignacio de Juan-Creix, PLAT’s Innovation Director, imagineer, creative entrepreneur and innovator - he was also our keynote speaker at the REFRESH Final Conference the next day; and Irene Ródenas, PLAT’s Explorer of Interfaces, product designer and mixed media artist.
The workshop was divided up in a theoretical and a practical session. The theoretical session gave an insight into the bioplastic research conducted at PLAT institute. The practical session offered the chance to explore different techniques, compositions and recipes for making bioplastics and to develop our own prototypes in small group settings.