Breaking: In November 2017, Crafting Plastics! Studio launched its first eyewear collection with the world’s first bioplastic frames made completely from renewable, plant-based materials. The studio was founded in 2016 by Vlasta Kubušová and Miroslav Kral and is based between Berlin and Bratislava. The duo wanted to explore sustainable and transparent production processes, and develop a product they could control in every step of its lifecycle. So, they started by exploring the possibilities of replacing conventional plastics.
In their aim to create a new form of oil-free, carbon neutral bioplastic material, the Crafting Plastics! Studio worked closely with materials scientists from the Slovak Technical University during a period of three years. As the project was successful, the end result is a strong and flexible bioplastic—with the same properties as conventional plastics—made from a combination of PLA (from corn starch), PHB (from used cooking oil), and safe plasticizing additives normally used in the food industry. The material decomposes completely once placed in industrial compost.
The limited edition eyewear range come in 4 unisex styles. It’s created through a customized 3D printing process and made completely out of the new bioplastic material (no metal hinges), which makes it 100% decomposable. All dyes are made from natural pigments, extracted from algae, earth or foods. The lenses—that can easily be exchanged—come in 5 different colors and are made by a trusted partner in Italy.
The collection is only available through Crafting Plastics! Studio’s Kickstarter crowd funding campaign—check it out here!
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