In their Seaweed Cycle project Studio Klarenbeek & Dros are attempting to initiate a local closed, carbon-neutral production cycle based on seaweed and to market it to the general public. All waste will be ploughed back into the production process, making it the first zero-waste plastic production line.
The Seaweed Cycle will encourage circular agriculture, and the materials that the studio develops will capture CO2 for the long term in degradable, eco-restoring, sustainable and nourishing biopolymers. The material (Wierwaar) will replace products and plastics that are currently solely based on fossil oil, and offer innovative circular functionality.
Replica Copier KLM tableware in Wierwaar
Andries Copier designed this KLM tableware in 1946 for the first commercial scheduled flights. His design was the first ‘single-use’, or disposable, tableware introduced by KLM. Passengers could take it home after their flight.
Studio Klarenbeek & Dros chose this line to reproduce in Wierwaar because it is an early application of plastic in commercial air services, which at the time were pioneering, as well as the first example of ‘single-use’ plastics. The sector has expanded enormously in the past few decades, giving consumers great freedom, but also contributing to our current pollution problems.
Vennola Kaveri Series, glass replicas in Wierwaar
Studio Klarenbeek & Dros chose to reproduce these two glasses in 3D-printed Wierwaar as symbols of the explosive growth in lifestyle products in the 1970s and 80s. The combination of plastic and glass provides a way of meeting the European Union’s stringent requirements for materials that come into contact with food. Major investments are needed to acquire the ‘food safe’ label for new materials. A design like these ‘Kaveri’ glasses is a clever way of combining the best properties of different materials.
This object is part of the Design by Nature collection of Museum de Fundatie. On this page you will find more information about this exhibition and you can visit it digitally via a video tour.