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2 October 2016 to 19 February 2017

Green materials or plastic – or both?

Special presentation

Bioplastics are in the ascendant – numerous products are crowding onto the market and claiming sustainable or ecological credentials. But what are the true facts behind take-away containers that say they are biodegradable and party cutlery made from so-called natural materials? It is a large, confusing area and making products out of these materials is a task for the future.

This special presentation is devoted to bringing the new plastics together. It uses a range of bioplastics and natural fibre composites to demonstrate the complex nature of these materials, gives information about their constituent parts and how they can be disposed of, and thus explores the profound issues surrounding raw materials, energy needs and recycling.

A joint project between the Gewerbemuseum Winterthur and Zurich University of the Arts.