Environmentally-conscious folks are doing their bit by choosing alternative materials that are eco-friendly. And well, this one, in particular, will have you running to the loo!
As people are growing more conscious of the drastic effects that plastic and improper waste management have on the environment, there's been a renewed effort to save mother nature. Environmentally-conscious folks are doing their bit by choosing alternative materials that are eco-friendly.
People are now using cutlery that is made out of steel, glass or ceramic, so as to reduce the amount of plastic that they invariably end up using. But most ceramics use either an oxide mix or a lead-based glaze to give a protective coating to the utensil, which can have a detrimental effect on the environment as well as the person using it.
So one designer decided to figure out how to glaze a piece of ceramic in a much more sustainable manner...by using human urine.
Sinae Kim, a graduate from Central Saint Martins in London, came up with the clever idea of creating 'Urine Ware', a collection of ceramic that has been glazed with human urine, and have been shaped and designed in the likeness of the human bladder as well as laboratory flasks.
For a stomach-churning five months, Kim decided to collect urine to carry out the experiment. She then went on to distill the urine, which basically meant that the radical recycler evaporated the water content in the urine. That resulted in a dark solution, which was then further filtered to extract a mineral paste, which was THEN used to glaze the pottery.
Pretty damn drawn out!
But the results of that experiment were pretty astounding. Kim realized that urine contained similar minerals that were in some glazes. The result? The newly-discovered glaze transformed into an opaque, glossy coat on ceramic surfaces. Kim decided to glaze more pots and tiles with the urine glaze with the hopes to kick off a more sustainable method to glaze ceramics.
So if you don't switch over to sustainability, 'urine' for a lot of trouble!