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Degree Show Launch

The Opening Night of the More Than A Degree Show was absolutely spectacular! Hundreds of industry professionals and public members came to see the launch of the annual exhibit and were amazed by what this year’s graduates have produced.

 

Below is a display stand for Colleggtion. The lightbox showed different stages of the process and final products.

 

Thanks to gin sponsors Caorunn, we were able to keep ourselves cool in the heat of all the excitement of the night.

Visitors were intrigued by the Colleggtion and potential that eggshell waste brings.

Thanks to the company JustEgg, I had plenty of ground eggshells to use for the experiments. With their help, I was able to prove that there is a big potential of using eggshell waste in a better way than sending it to landfill and let the waste pollute the environment.

I was lucky enough that the Managing Director of JustEgg, Mr Pankaj Pancholi himself came to Edinburgh for the opening night of the degree show and showed his support and offered further cooperation.

 

 

 

 

 

The Beginning

Our story started from making scrambled eggs for breakfast. The thought of why we throw eggshells away and the question of what happened to all the eggshells from 12.5 billion eggs that were consumed in 2016 in the UK?

After some research, we found a problem considering eggshells from egg processors. Due to the current laws and regulations, they are obliged to send their waste to landfill, which cost them a lot of money and the waste pollutes the environment as the methane that is generated by rotting protein leftovers cannot be captured. This gave us a challenge of finding a solution for how to divert this eggshells from landfills and create something greater that environment could potentially benefit from. Calcium carbonate, what eggshells are mainly made from, is a great fertiliser, so that kept us focusing on how can we enrich the soil in the end of the process after giving those eggshells a second life as a new product.

After many many long days stuck in the lab and after lots of trial and error, we created a brand new material with our patent pending process that could be used for unlimited applications and keep the biodegradable features. Considering plastic pollution as one of the biggest current problems focused us on using this material for products which would replace plastic.

Plastic single-use disposable products are being overused by people around the world. And by designing Colleggtion product range we created a beginning of a beautiful story in which we started reducing plastic pollution by also reducing eggshell waste ending in landfills.