As a soon-to-be graduate with a Master’s Degree in Design Innovation from Glasgow School of Art, I design a user-centric, pleasant and human experience with the collaboration of stakeholders, experts, and end-users through empathizing, defining, ideating, prototyping and testing.
I dedicated my final design project to coffee waste. Since I arrived in Scotland, the morning ritual of starting the day with a cup of coffee from my Nespresso machine has been followed religiously. However, the routine was interrupted by my neighbor when she slipped in a note under my door, informing me that our recycling bins wouldn’t be picked up by the council due to Covid-19. This forced me to reflect on ethical coffee consumption, and how my behavior would impact the planet if I was unable to recycle capsules. It became the very beginning of my coffee waste journey.
After engaging with capsule users and interviewing multiple businesses, I created a solution that combines the circular economy model and smart material – Mycelium, the root structure of mushrooms. Binding with used coffee grounds, mycelium can grow into a durable material (similar to bio-plastic) and any desirable shapes with the correct mold (including coffee capsule shapes). With this idea, I entered my project into SIE Fresh Idea Competition, and am very excited to share that my project has been judged “Highly Commended”.