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Single-Use Food Containers You Can Compost and Eat!

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In April, the world not only remembers, but promotes initiatives to help restore Mother Earth. At Pinch, our work is about sustainability as well as taste + presentation. So we’re always looking for ways to keep our upstream supply chain as clean as possible to make sure we have the same great parties and a healthier planet.

In this pandemic of individual servings and the take-out culture, the desire for single-use products is increasing. We stand up for our promise of zero waste and are constantly looking for alternative solutions. When the Design Singapore Council shared Forest & Whale’s most recent project, Reuse, which officially launched in August 2021 to combat the use of single-use plastic in Singaporean food courts, we couldn’t keep it to ourselves.

Forest & Whale was founded in 2016 by Gustavo Maggio and Wendy Chua and is a multidisciplinary design studio based in Singapore. You design products and spatial experiences with a focus on social and sustainable design and passionately bring circular thinking into products and systems through good design, ethnographic research and material exploration. Her work has won industry awards, including the Red Dot Design Award, the Japanese Good Design Award, and the President’s Design Award from Singapore.

In the past year, Forest & Whale tried to change the convenience mindset that is anchored in the throwaway culture. The studio is currently researching compostable and edible materials to create take-away containers that will replace existing plastic versions. The plastic waste generated by single-use food containers adds to marine pollution, harms our planet’s health and puts a strain on waste disposal systems.

For cities with organic composting facilities, Forest & Whale has developed a salad container that is edible and can also be composted with food waste to minimize the end-of-life impact. Both consist of wheat husks for the base and PHA (a bacteria-based composite) for the lid and can be composted as food waste without the need for special infrastructure or industrial composting facility. And if the material accidentally got into the ocean, it will completely decompose within 1-3 months without leaving any microplastic behind.

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Robert Dunfee