alara ertenü presents ‘packioli’ water-resistant bioplastic packaging

Alara Ertenü PRESENTS ‘PACKIOLI’ water resistant

Tackling the plastic problem packaging, Turkish designer Alara Ertenü uses natural artichoke leaves and pea pod bioplastics to create “Packioli”, a series of 100% biodegradable packaging for commercial soap. The goal behind the Zero waste wraps is to eliminate plastic packaging and, at the same time, meet the hygiene, logistical and endurance needs of brands and commercial soap companies. Using artichoke leaves, biomaterials designer Alara Ertenü is tackling the alarming problem of artichoke waste, with around 80% of every artichoke thrown away, especially in western Turkey.

‘Packioli’ was born from the awareness of the problem of local food waste and plastic packaging in Turkey. A 100% biodegradable and locally sourced alternative to soap wrappers, it is made from two local waste products: artichoke leaves and pea pods. With its sealed edges, resistance to water, dirt and dust, and compatibility with simple manufacturing methods such as heat sealing, the biomaterials designer wanted the zero-waste packaging to rival packaging plastics on the market.

different shapes and sizes of packioli packaging

all images courtesy of Alara Ertenu

artichoke leaves and pea pods form a versatile bioplastic

According Zero waste week, the global cosmetics industry produces more than 120 billion packaging units each year, most of which are non-recyclable and end up in landfill or, even worse, in the ocean. Therefore, designate Alara Ertenü aimed to create a versatile bioplastic from natural artichoke leaves and pea pods to provide a sustainable and biodegradable replacement. ‘Packioli’ will remain water resistant for up to a week if it comes in contact with water, and within 10-15 days it begins to biodegrade in water. With its raw ingredients, the wraps are natural moisturizers with plant-based chemical-free coloring – beetroot and turmeric. Plus, it has an easy-tear opening for quick soap removal, whether under water pressure or manually. This innovative proposal for sustainable packaging illustrates the importance of questioning our consumption behaviors and gives rise to new materials for bio-printing.

a water-resistant organic packaging for commercial soaps made from artichoke leaves or pea pods and 100 biodegradable materials 11
chemical-free pigments from turmeric and beetroot give color to wraps

a water-resistant organic packaging for commercial soaps made from artichoke leaves or pea pods and 100 biodegradable materials 6
main ingredients: waste artichoke leaves and pea pods

a water-resistant organic packaging for commercial soaps made from artichoke leaves or pea pods and 100 biodegradable materials 8
top view of package circular shape

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