Rotterdam | The Netherlands
Atelier LVDW researches the future of sustainable and circular materials to maintain our connection with nature.
Eggshell Ceramic is a circular material derived from discarded eggshells. A biodegradable material with many advantageous properties. Eggshells contain calcium carbonate, a nutrient for human, animals and plants. These harmless properties can make it a good replacement for single use products.
10 billion eggs a year are produced in the Netherlands, which makes the country the largest egg exporter in the world. An egg produces a valuable material which is often seen as waste; his shell. Luckily not all 10 billion eggshells are wasted, it’s often used as soil improver in agriculture. ‘EggShell Ceramic’ is a circular material derived from this industry to show new possibilities with this material. This project shows that we can also use the material one more time before it is given back to nature. Last year Laura participated at the Material Designers (MADE) workshop in Barcelona. During this workshop she developed a biodegradable but strong material out of eggshells which can be a sustainable replacement for single use products. The material has the look of ceramics but the weight of cardboard, which makes it a versatile material. At the end of its life, it still can be used for agriculture. The project creates an extra “dot” in this materials lifecycle. The discarded eggshells are coming from a Dutch chicken farm that sells its eggs to supermarkets. Many of those eggs are broken in the packaging process, which provide waste and useless material for them.