Scoby is a biological, fully edible, fully recyclable zero-waste packaging solution first developed by Roza Janusz for her graduation project at the School of Form in Poznan, Poland. Designer Ula Kransy created a packaging concept of shampoo bars named Somma using Scoby in collaboration with Róża Rutkowska from MakeGrowLab.
“The design—Somma project—had to be visually attractive and built with only eco-friendly solutions,” says packaging designer Ula Krasny. “For example, minimal design is more material effective than a non-minimal design, so I used paper and embossing instead of other print techniques. One of the advantages of it is that it can be used even for a small number of products. If you have a stamping die, you can easily and cheaply produce 100 labels. Or 10. It’s very flexible. Just like Scoby is.”
The material creates the necessary water and microbial barrier for the shampoo bars and is a viable zero-waste packaging option. The manufacturer is working on lowering manufacturing costs to mass-produce Scoby packaging while also making it competitive with other materials like various types of foil.
“At the end of its use, the material can be composted and used to grow more food which, sooner or later, will once again become waste, creating a symbiotic circular process,” says Ula. “This creative innovation, designed to store semi-dry foods, cosmetics, clothes, and others, may be our answer to the future of zero-waste packaging which won’t pollute the environment and even regenerates soil.”
Read more about the concept on the Dieline.
Photo: via Make Grow Labs