The Pilot Support Scheme (PSS) Call was a pan-European contest aimed at awarding money to successful partnerships between makers and manufacturers that hold the pioneering potential to break through the 4th Industrial Revolution.
These commissions of €20.000 per project are intended to foster collaboration and help the winners to prototype, test and launch their innovations, including production processes, supply or value chains, distribution or ownership, and encourage business models that are sustainable and deliver social impact.
BIOM - a project where crafting plastics! studio was participating - was a pilot project aiming to develop a renewable, biodegradable material that can replace oil-based plastic. Previous prototypes lacked logistical infrastructure at the collection stage and the material was only biodegradable in industrial compost. The novelty of this 2nd generation material is its revolutionary ability to be home-composted. The ground-laying activity includes the development of a granulate from a new material mixture with the required stability and temperature resistance. An automated production process (pressing, injection molding) is established in order to produce intermediate sheets needed for the design objectives and material data-sheets. Two other main activities are based on designing final products: glasses and cups.