Week 5

Week 5: Bioplastics -- A Renewable Solution?

Last week's class session was incredibly informative, interesting, and fun -- not only did we learn a great deal about plastics and bioplastics themselves, but we actually had the opportunity to create our own artworks out of this alternative resource. Honestly, I had never even heard of the term "bioplastic" before last week, and didn't even know such a thing existed, much less the wide array of forms and types in which it can come, from corn starch-based materials to gelatin-dominant media.

Blood, Beauty, Bioplastics

This week's discussion was lead by Xin Xin who showed us how we may create our own plastics using simple ingredients found at the local grocery store. Xin xin's presentation showed the various types of polymers used around the world using almost any kind of bodily fluid from milk to blood. What I found most striking was France's development of blood plastics. It is known as Bois durci, which translates to hardened wood.

Bioplastics + Design

Last week during our seminar, the guest speaker Xin Xin gave us a presentation on bioplastic as an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional plastics produced from fossil fuels. We also talked about various specific bioplastics and their characteristics and uses through time. I was particularly, excited to hear about PLA (Polylactic acid) which is a type of a bio-degradable and bio-based plastic.

Week 5: Bioplastics - A better solution?

Last week’s bioplastic workshop provided by Xin Xin was informative and entertaining. I was unaware of the flexibility in bioplastic to be produced by practically anything around us. The abundance of biomass that can be used in the creation of bioplastic was alarming, yet also unusually reassuring. When I investigated further the difference in production costs between plastic and bioplastics, I lost much of the reassurance Xin Xin’s workshop provided.

Week 5 Is bioplastic a better solution?

Last week, the guest speaker XinXin gave us a lecture about bioplastic, and how to make bioplastic from the gelatin and milk. During the workshop, we went out to find materials around campus to make our own bioplastic. It impressed me that we can make edible plastic by ourselves which has no harm to the environment. And it is so magical that we can make this ecofriendly plastic from many ordinary and familiar materials in our life.

Week 5: Every coin has two sides: Bioplastic

In week 5 we learned a lot from XinXin as her presenting the way to make a bioplastic from almost everything that we can get our hands on from the nature, mixing with the gelatin to make a plastic that is ecofriendly. The mixing gelatin is even edible in the sense that it is also used to make puddings. Even though I understand the benefit we can gain from the use of bio-plastic, I am still wondering if it will help or not. After researching through the Internet, however, I came to figure that every coin has two sides and it is the same for bioplastic as well.

Week 5: Proposition 65, and Maru Garcia's Vivarium

Coming from the State of Indiana, the move to California implied that I would become acquainted with a new, different enclave of laws, regulations and ideologies. Such phenomena are apparent in my everyday life, such as the Proposition 65 signs that live in my apartment building, the coffee shops I enjoy, and most other places.

Week 5: Is Bioplastic the Solution?

This past Thursday, we were able to participate in an exciting and engaging bioplastics workshop. During this workshop, we were able to create our own bioplastic with bits and bobs we found around campus. Prior to this workshop, I had no idea bioplastics even existed, and I was surprised with how many different ingredients can be used to make bioplastic. I was under the impression that all plastics are deleterious to the environment.

Week 5: Bioplastics - The Advantages and The Disadvantages

This week’s class was very collaborative, engaging, and eventful. Xin Xin’s bioplastics workshop was not only very informative, but it was also out of the ordinary as it got us up and moving and thinking creatively. In groups, we were able to come up with ideas about innovative solutions and alternatives to the use of plastic and find outside items to contribute to making bioplastics. After listening to Dr.

Week 5 Blog: Bioplastics in Haute Cuisine and Fashion

During this week’s class, we learned about bioplastics and how various materials like milk, algae, corn, gelatin, and even blood have been used to make bioplastic, a type of biodegradable plastic that is less toxic than regular plastic (Cho) . My favorite part of the class was actually learning how to make bioplastic from Xin Xin.

Week 5: Bois Durci and The Homeless Vehicle

Bois Durci immediately stood out to me due to my interest in epidemiology and the idea of working with blood. This was a Victorian era technique and is no longer used. The reason it stood out to me so much is because of the delicacy in working with blood. Due to bloodborne pathogens, working with blood isn’t as simple as other mediums, there are regulations and laws that restrict how it is used. The technique itself is interesting none the less. Bois Durci is a mixture of finely ground wood and blood albumen specifically.

Week 5: Bioplastic – Created by Surrounding Biology

This week, we had Xin Xin as a guest to talk and share her experiences in bioplastics. Production of bioplastic includes soybean, chicken feather, blood, milk, algae and olive oil – the materials that are actually abundant in our surroundings. During her presentation, she introduced us milk buttons. It immediately drew my attention as milk is something that I always make sure to have in the fridge. During my additional research, I found that it was produced in 20th century by utilizing the main protein, called casein, found in milk.


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