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Designer Erik de Laurens Recycles Fish Scales into Plastic Material

When we catch and eat fish, we usually never think twice about all of scales that are cleaned off and discarded. But Designer Erik de Laurens did think about the scales, and he wanted to figure out a way to reuse them. He decided to put those scales to good use by coming up with a project called The Fish Feast.

For one month de Laurens taught students from a primary school in Cape Town, South Africa how to catch fish, clean them and prepare them for food. To enforce the idea that nothing should be wasted de Laurens even made a water dispenser out of fish leather and a drinking glass from fish scales.

How did de Laurens make the fish scales hard enough to hold liquid? First he dyed the scales with color and then he treated them under heat and pressure to create a plastic-like hard material.

In addition to the drinking glasses de Laurens has designed a pair of goggles, eyeglasses and a table with a fish inlay design on it.

Images: dezeen

The artist hopes to get funding so that he can create more usable materials with his fish scale plastic.

You can learn more about de Laurens’ designs by visiting his website.

About Trish Broome

Trish is a half Korean hip hop head who writes satire music articles on The Rap Insider and muses over culture and diversity on Mixed Nation. In her spare time you can find her eating kimchi or tweeting at @TheGreenGroove.

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