New Frontiers, Graduation Project 2016
by Jade Ruijzenaars
(Lifestyle & Transformation Design)
A research about the Dutch shrimp and its industry in today’s society, culture, ecology and globalized economy. The bulk of Dutch shrimp is fished in the Netherlands, transported to Morocco to be peeled (due to lower labour costs) and then shipped back again to Europe for consumption. 60-70% of a shrimp consist of its shell and it is therefor not completely consumed. After the opening of a large peeling centre in Groningen, where shrimps are peeled by machine, there has been a significant local increase in shrimp waste.
For consumers, this production and resulting waste is invisible and they are far removed from the issue. I explored the world of the Dutch shrimp and investigated through material experimentation, producing new applications using the shrimp waste. The project delves into the chemistry and biology of shrimp shells and the valuable substances that can be derived from them. The project shows practical design research, using shrimp waste to form a new effect into ceramic glaze. The Crangon Crangon shells are a special material that is usually perceived as waste, can be used in a wide range of applications.
Partner: Telson BV