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The Shellworks is a student project from four designers in the Masters program at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College of London. The group has created a series of machines that recycle, extract, and form seafood waste into biodegradable and recyclable plastic. The material consists of a mixture of vinegar and a biopolymer called chitin—a fibrous substance that makes up the exoskeleton of crustaceans and the cell walls of fungi.

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