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Intro to Bioplastics

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132 32nd Street

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Brooklyn, NY 11232

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Think about all the plastic objects that you use on a daily basis. Where did they come from, and what will their life span be? While it is easy to consume plastic materials it isn’t as easy to get more information about the plastics we use.

Join Genspace for a hands-on foray into the world of bioplastics. Bioplastics are plastics made from renewable biomass sources such as such as vegetable fats and oils, corn starch, straw, woodchips, food waste, and more. In this workshop, we will discuss the history, challenges, and future of plastic, and we will experiment with a variety of DIY bioplastic recipes. You will learn about the criteria people in industry use to measure the health and toxicity of their products, the initial processes used in the material sciences, and ways to get started in your own kitchen. Each participant will make a mold and go home with their own plastic item that is edible and will easily biodegrade.

Leticia Cartier Oxley is the Program Associate at Genspace. A recent graduate from the MA Design Studies program at Parsons School of Design with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Literature from Regis University, Leticia’s work situates itself at the intersection of design theory and praxis. With a focus on Speculative Design, Leticia was part of the Designed Realities Lab led by professors Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby, which uses design as a catalyst for interdisciplinary discourse and imagining. Her work suggests that design can be used as a method of inquiry and imagination can be a political force within society.

Rachel Haberstroh is a multidisciplinary artist and educator with experience programming at nonprofits across the spectrum of the arts and sciences. Prior to working at Genspace, Haberstroh was the Education and Public Programs Associate at Pioneer Works. Haberstroh organizes the learning collective Millennial Focus Group, active since 2015, and has exhibited with the Flux Factory, Wassaic Project, Small Editions, Babycastles, the Knockdown Center, and others. Haberstroh is a 2019 Media Arts Fellow at BRIC, was a 2018 Cuts and Burns Resident at Outpost Artist Resources and is a graduate of Brown University.

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