8 Juni 2007

Trendy cutlery “Spork” made from bioplastic

It’ a spoon, it’s a fork, it’s stylish and made from bioplastic: the Moscardino spork, designed by Giulio Iacchetti and Matteo Ragni. Produced by Pandora Design in Italy, this sexy little spork was awarded the prestigious Italian design award Compasso d’Oro in 2001.

0706-moscardino.jpgThe spork is small enough for easy use by children and grand for picnics and brown bag lunches. The sporks are made of Mater-Bi, a completely biodegradable starch-based plastic which stands up to repeated use and prolonged contact with liquids, achieving 90 percent degradation in about 50 days under normal aerobic composting conditions. Mater-Bi is produced by the Italian company Novamont, which has won world-wide acclaim for its research and innovation in waste disposal methods.

The biodegradable plastic makes Moscardino ideal for single use applications, but it can also be washed and re-used. However, because of the low softening-point of the starch-based bioplastic it is not dishwasher-safe.

(Cf. news of 2006-10-16, 2006-04-03 und 2003-04-15.)

Source: European Plastic News, 2007-05 and Tree Hugger, website, 2005-07-25.

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