Thé themes of this Dutch Design Week was definitely waste management, but even more trying to make new, innovative materials out of it. This Leek paper food waste innovation is one of them.
This initiative I spotted at the Embassy of Food. What is this about? Well, meet Jan Van Lierop, the largest organic vegetable grower in the Netherlands. He exports most of his produce and he is legally obligated to deliver his leaks in packaging. But today we all try to have less packaging and preferably biodegradable… The question popped up: What if his company were able to use the waste flow from the leaks to make a wrapper? That is what Belgian (based in Rotterdam) designer Isaac Monté came in. He started to experiment with leak pulp, as you do with wood pulp to make paper. The result of his experiments were quite impressive. Interesting printable leak paper, all different texturewise because of the many greens and fibers in the waste pulp. The leak paper did not smell funny, had a beautiful look and has potential as a new, organic wrapper.