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What if we lived in a world where composting was everyday and throwing things in the trash was taboo? Posti-plasto is a citizen science project built to disappear. This is a limited release product to see how well a backyard compostable starch based plastic holds up in the home. Posti is on trend, and will be the perfect conversation starter in your home. Find the pledge that best fits your lifestyle and help us create a better tomorrow, today.
The product we are launching is a backyard compostable air plant holder for your home.
Vanessa Rey and Ariel Lynne are industrial designers and have created a starch based bioplastic that will breakdown in your backyard compost. We have found that nothing is truly timeless and many of our "timeless designs" end up in landfills.
As the seasons change, and the trends fade, you can then compost your Posti in numerous ways!
We are working to create products that are fun and exciting for your home, but are good for the earth when their life with you is complete.
While we have been working on creating our special starch recipe for a year now, we do not know what to expect with the product long term. This is where you come in!
What will happen to this plastic when it is in the dry desert climate of Arizona, or in the humidity of Florida? We all live in unique climates that vary, even from home to home in the same area. This is an exciting opportunity to learn a little bit more about chemical composition and contribute to the development of bioplastic!
This product is not intended to last more than a season (2-4 months) and should be composted at the end of its life cycle. We will send out a survey in the fall to find out what sort of discoveries you made with your air plant holder, creating your own starch recipes, and other composting discoveries. We will share these findings on the podcast we plan to launch!
The Posti-possibilities are endless!
We researched and found the most exciting color trends for Spring/Summer 2018. Posti-plasto's colors are bright & energetic and will make your home feel the same way.
Our colors are a work in progress. We have been testing natural dyes and working to find the right recipe. All plant holders will have some variation in color due to the nature of the material.
Merriam-Webster's Dictionary defines biomimicry as "the imitation of natural biological designs or processes in engineering or invention." We looked to nature to find inspiration for the Posti plant holders.
What is composting actually?
Composting in its simplest definition is organic matter breaking down and returning to the earth. It causes no damage to the soil and when done correctly it improves the health of the earth.
Organic matter and environment are key to successful composting. "Biodegradable" and "compostable" items often do not degrade in landfills as the environment is unsuitable and contains large amounts of inorganic waste. This is why composting is so important!
Purchasing sustainable goods alone is not enough to help keep our earth a beautiful place. We must learn how to refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, and rot (or compost!) these items properly, and work to create change in systems at large.
Why would you want to compost?
- Supplies much needed nutrient rich soil for farms across the country (which is important if you enjoy eating good tasting food)
- To keep rotting waste out of landfills which create harmful methane gases
- It reduces our need for chemical fertilizers
- Lowers your carbon footprint
- Helps retain moisture and supresses plant diseases and pests, which means you use less water on crops and gardens — i.e. we all save money!
- Cuts down on the smelly-ness of your garbage bins
How can I start?
Composting in your freezer: (free, easiest & city friendly) This is the simplest and easiest way to compost at home. You put a container with a lid on it in your freezer. Fill it with food scraps and when it's full drop it off at your local farmer's market (many cities offer free drop off at Farmer's markets). Here's a link to Chicago's free drop-offs.
Pick-up Service: If you don't have time or space to start composting in your back yard, pick up services are a great option. There are many that do industrial composting which allows you to compost even more of your waste than a backyard bin alone.
Backyard Composting: This one may sound intimidating, but it really isn't as challenging as one might think. Click this link for easy step by step instructions.
Starch based plastics can be made in your kitchen at home and the recipes you can create are absolutely endless! We experimented with numerous different starches and bio based plasticizers (all ingredients were purchased in our local grocery store) until we achieved a recipe that could be cast in a 3d printed PLA mold.
We use PLA (Polylactic Acid) to create our molds because it is a biodegradable thermo plastic derived from corn starch that can be composted in industrial composting facilities. If you purchase the kit, be sure your mold is being properly composted.
Ariel Lynne and Vanessa Rey graduated together from the University of Illinois at Chicago receiving bachelor degrees in Industrial Design. They both have found collaboration to be the key to any successful project and luckily make a very good team. Ariel has an expert eye for aesthetics and gets the big picture. Vanessa is relentless researcher who has an eye for the details.
They both studied in Copenhagen two summers ago, Vanessa focusing on renewable energy and Ariel focusing on furniture design. That's where they saw firsthand that good design can actually be environmentally responsible. This among -numerous- other experiences have led them to the creation of Posti-plasto.
Posti-plasto is an experiment in merging sustainable materials, education, and aesthetics.
Risks and challenges
Both Vanessa Rey and Ariel Lynne have successfully funded and fulfilled their own Kickstarters in the past and are confident in their abilities to deliver. The world is a hectic place though and we understand things do not always work out as planned. Our intent is to stick to the timeline and if any delays occur we will be as transparent as possible and keep you updated.
The products listed on this page are working prototypes of our work and as such do not represent the exact product you will receive. As with everything handmade, colors might vary slightly and some imperfections may occur due to our bioplastic making process. If you get the kit you will truly understand the process in its entirety as well as the challenges and excitement that go along with it.
DIY kits include instructions requiring the need for a stove and as such contents will be hot. There should always be an adult present when making this material.
Posti is a gummy-type bioplastic and should never be consumed by pets, children, or adults. Please seek immediate help from your local physician if Posti is ingested accidentally.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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