Thursday, May 28, 2009


'UFO' is an 'unidentified feeding object' by new york designer Andrea Ruggiero for the exhibition titled 'Indisposed', where designers were called to address notions of disposability in everyday products.

Among the worst of the items we throw out everyday, disposable food containers, cutlery and the like are screaming for reinvention.  I've worked in restaurants for years and every single time I pack up a takeout order I cringe.  Styrofoam.

This is a charming solution- a single use disposable plate that is not only biodegradable but FEEDS birds, squirrels and other park dwellers.  It is made of blended bird seed, potato starch, guar gum and a seaweed-like binding agent, and thus is completely non-toxic and vegan-friendly.

Addressing usability, the plates are highly resistant to wet foods, vinegars, and sauces.  Simply toss it- frisbee-like- into the bushes when finished dining, and the waste becomes rodent food!


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