DESIGN, Green

Eat Your Food, Grow a Plant, Save the Planet

04/06/2013

Clever and eco-friendly food packaging systems are on a high demand, as the consumption of fast food and ready made meals are on the rise. The packaging materials and left-overs of these meals are straining the environment like never before as nonrenewable materials are being used. But Michal Marko, a designer from Ruzemborok, Slovakia, has designed this biodegradable food bowl that might revolutionize the food packaging design world.plant-main

Michal Marko, a Product and Packaging Design student of Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Czech Republic, has come up with a new bio-degradable food packaging system that turns back into dust in a very short period of time. Each package has the description written on the label, telling the consumer what to do with the package after usage. First of all it encourages you to enjoy your food, which is very nice, and afterwards it instructs you to peels off the label on top, and find seeds hidden underneath. Then you are instructed to plant the seeds in the bowl with some gravel, wait a week, remember to water it and herbs should start growing. After a while you can plant the whole bowl into the ground, so the package itself will degrade but the herbs will flourish. Such a simple yet clever idea!

plant1plant2After enjoying your food, peel of the label to find the seeds

When Marko was designing the packaging, he states the driving force behind the idea was to create a disposable food bowl with minimum environmental impact and to teach wide society about new biodegradable materials in a fun way. We believe he has succeed and we hope this becomes a trend and we will actually see it used in the future!

plant3 plant4Fill the bowl with gravel, plant the seeds and water

If this kind of design and idealism would get noticed by the large food manufacturers and suppliers, we believe a change could be made. The simple idea of giving back what you have taken from the nature works and you’ll get your own little herb garten too! We love!

plant5 plant6Plant the bowl into the ground, let it degrade and the herbs flourish

Photo courtesy by Behance

9 Comments

  • Reply Leila 24/06/2013 at 8:08 pm

    The most beautiful idea I’ve seen in a long time! Well done! 🙂

  • Reply clare 10/08/2013 at 11:32 am

    I would love to use this for Chomp, our new fresh lunch, delivery service we just launched in Sydney – how can I get in touch with him please or does anyone have other contacts for sustainable packaging as Australia is so behind – info@chomplife.com.au

    • Reply designandpaper 13/08/2013 at 10:53 am

      Hi Clare! We have send you an e-mail with more information about the designer. All the best with Chomp!

  • Reply Michelle Francess 27/11/2013 at 5:43 am

    Hi. You did say it, plant the bowl into the ground and it will degrade. May I know, what is the material used for this packaging? And how does it degrade in the soil?

    • Reply Sini 27/11/2013 at 10:40 am

      Hi Michelle.
      Yes, the designer states that the packaging is made of biodegradable material, but hasn’t specified exactly what. He designed the box as a way to dispose of food containers with a minimum environmental impact to the earth, as the box will bio-degrade and nourish the plant when planted. We don’t know if the idea is yet in production, or still in development. If you wish to find more information on the matter, please contact the designer through Behance at http://www.behance.net/michal_marko.
      Have a great day!

  • Reply samtay32 28/02/2014 at 11:24 pm

    Can u please pass along Michal’s contact info to me please?

  • Reply samtay32 28/02/2014 at 11:25 pm

    samsontaylor32@gmail.com

  • Reply yigit 24/06/2014 at 8:13 pm

    Hi. I would like to discuss this brilliant idea in baby clothing packaging. Would you please send me a detailed email if it is possible? Look forward to hearing from you. Thanks in advance.
    Email: surucuyigit@hotmail.com

  • Reply charla 05/03/2018 at 3:23 am

    Hi there. I’m starting a food truck company in British Columbia Canada. I was wondering if this packaging was still available. If you could email me please at charlamaclean@gmail.com and let me know how I could get in touch to possibly place an order, that would be excellent. Thank you!

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