Would you ever believe that the plastic cups shown above, are made from fish scales? Believe it or not, designer Erik de Laurens has come up with the idea; fish scales has become the novel raw material for making plastic.
By dying the scales and treating them under heat and pressure, he can make them act much like a plastic.
de Laurens states, “The fishing industry generates several circumstances where many tons of fish scales are leftover. Using this waste as resources for the production of his fish-scale-plastic, I tried to highlight the potentiality of these industrial flaw.” But what make the designer think such an innovative recycling project? As de Laurens claims “all started when I was asked to design objects for the canteen of a primary school of Macassar, a township of Cape Town.” The designer ask students to catch a fish and prepare a meal from what they caught. To go with the meal, de Laurens created objects that used more parts of the fish, such as a water dispenser made of fish leather and, of course, the drinking glasses made from scales. For further information visit Eric de Laurens site!