If we told you that a group of Swedish designers invented self-cleaning tableware, you would probably think that we are pulling your leg. Trust us, we are not. A Swedish design studio called Tomorrow Machine, based in Stockholm and Paris, has created a self-cleaning plate and a cup made from organic compound cellulose with super-hydrophobic coating thanks to which the dirt or food remnants just slide off without leaving any mark on the dishes.
The benefit of the self-cleaning plate and the cup is two-fold – first of all, the product is organic and environmentally friendly (i.e. there is no need to use water and detergent to wash it), and secondly, it is made from recyclable materials. The plate’s coating is made with a new technology called Rapid Expansion of Supercritical Solutions (RESS), developed by KTH Royal Institute of Technology, which imitates the surface of a lotus leaf thus becoming both water- and dirt-resistant.
The self-cleaning plate is a result of a collaboration between Tomorrow Machine and Innventia, a global leader in research and development of pulp, paper, packaging and biorefining. Innventia commissioned the Swedish design studio to come up with three different products which are going to be presented with a series of innovative cellulose-based products called Ekoportal 2035.
The designers behind Tomorrow Machine say that their vision is “to build a better world through research, new technologies and intelligent material.” “We believe in looking at science from a creative point of view to shape the innovations of tomorrow”, they say. [via] watch video below
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