Guatemalan designer Elena Amato has created a plastic-alternative packaging for personal care products from bacterial cellulose, according to a report published by De Zeen.
The sheets, which are made from a combination of water, bacteria and yeast culture (a biproduct of kombucha), boast similar qualities to both paper and plastic and can be died with natural pigments and glued together with water. They are designed to be used to wrap and seal a capsule-like container made from soap, which in turn contains a skin or personal care product such as moisturiser.
The material is sustainable on many levels, using little energy to produce and locally sourced materials as well as potentially creating jobs in the region.
“Currently our economy works mainly on a linear, unsustainable ‘take – make – dispose’ system,” Amato told De Zeen. “In contrast to that system, the circular economy suggests that materials should flow in integrated and regenerative systems as technical and biological nutrients, maintaining their value.”