I'm currently studying sustainable design at the Pratt Institute and have been experimenting with biomaterials. Here is a little more about my project:
Avocados are high in demand and 5 million tons are produced every year. Growing 2 medium avocados requires 75 gallons of water. Avocado seeds are typically seen as waste, millions of pits go straight to a landfill, where the byproduct of waste is greenhouse emissions. Additionally, 80% of avocados are transported, and they are transported in plastic and cardboard containers.
The challenge was to look at the lifecycle of avocado pits and find a systems solution to capture the waste before it ends up in a landfill. This is part of a broader idea to find other uses for food waste, and help reduce environmental pollution. I wanted to find a way to reduce the negative impacts of waste generated from the pit, while also offsetting the emissions and health concerns.
In order to achieve this goal, I found a method to create a powder out of avocado pits.
To develop the idea further, I began to use the avocado powder to create molds. Drawing upon what I know about nature working in symbiosis to create a circular economy, I began to formulate ways to repurpose avocados and monetize their potential while reducing waste. What if we could recycle the part of the avocado that is most often discarded to create something valuable?
Since the process I developed can be used by anyone at home, it can reduce an individual’s carbon footprint.