raWMaterial - Team
raWMaterial - Oyster
raWMaterial - Ceramic
raWMaterial - Ceramic
raWMaterial - Work in Progress
raWMaterial - Ceramic


Device – Design material
SDG  12. Responsible production and Consumption
Team Laureline De Leuuw, Pauline Mure
Designed in 2018
Degree of maturity – Development
_ Challenge

Transform waste into a creative material.

_ Approach & Solution

raWMaterial is a totally new raw material made of recycled oyster shells plus a natural binder. It’s an ecological way of recycling organic waste that opens up new horizons for the famous shells, already prized by manufacturers. raWMaterial could be used as a new construction material or raw material for arts and craft and design.

Waste management is being such a challenge for our societies, raWMaterial has developed a solution to recycle the shells of the millions of shellfish consumed each year, creating a natural, eco-recycled material that provides environmental and financial benefits: waste collection cost savings for chains and restaurant-owners, an increase in local employment, a less ending of the amount of waste in landfills or incinerated and a new natural substitute for the pollution-causing elements in our environment.

Rich in calcium and phosphorous, oyster shells are wellknown for being recycled as an additive to soil in agriculture or being reused in industry. They are used in particular to make animal foodstuffs, mortar blocks, paint for road signs and even the filaments for 3D printers.

raWMaterial in Our Houses Soon? Once brushed and ground down to a fine gravel, the oyster shells are mixed with a binder to metamorphose into a natural-looking raw material that can be used in construction, arts and crafts, design and interior decoration. The ideas are plentiful: worktops for restaurants, decorative tiles, craft objects…

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