Hello Fp Intell Lab,
I would like to thank you for inviting me to be apart of your new competition. Like you, I am always searching for new uses for natural materials. Your latest contest happens to coincides with a problem I have been trying to solve. My project is called Paper Plates. It is my solution to a problem that has occurred with urban composting. Paper Plates are wood chips coated with a biodegradable adhesive or binder that is pressed into a disk or mat. For my design I decided to use natural latex as a adhesive. I wanted to maximized the use of the of the clean wood chips, but also incorporate more of the painted or stain wood pieces. Having worked in the paint industry, I know that there are ways to determine if a paint is a safe latex or something worse.
Like many west coast cities, Seattle requires its residence to compost food waste. The problem with composting in urban area is that the compost is usually made up of material with a high water content. The compost usually gives off a strong odor due growth of bacteria and molds and poor air circulation. Unlike suburban or rural compost, urban compost is usually missing dry items like twigs, leaves and sticks. Paper Plates was designed to add the missing dry material to the compost. The wood chips not only absorbs the excess water, they also allows air to circulate between the layers.
How it works. The food waste from each meal is placed on a Paper Plate, then put inside a compost container. The results will be compost segmented by layers of dry materials.
Will@RED EYE LAB LLC