Material Processing

​Rice Plastic

​Personal Project | 2 Months | 2020

​Bioplastic made from rice

This project is an ongoing material exploration that discovers different possibilities of rice and use rice to create flexible, soft, and unique bioplastic. The project aims to allow more people to create sustainable materials by themselves, to experience and raise awareness of the negative impact of plastic. It also aims to educate people about the potential of our nature in the context of the circular economy.

Focus:

Materials Exploration

Sustainable Design

Scopes:

Materials Research

Materials Experiment

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​Sustainable Material Exploration Process

Reform the rice paper into liquid

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Liquid formula testing

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I melted down the rice paper and blended it into rice starch liquid. The experiments were carried out by changing the ratio of vinegar and glycerin in order to compare the thickness, flexibility, toughness, and firmness of the rice plastic.

Material Properties

Material Formula

1 :  1  :  2  :  12

Vinegar

Glycerin

Rice paper

Water

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Mixing Formula

Filling Mold

Drying

Performance Properties

Color Dyeing:

Colorfastness:

Scratch Resistance:

Tear Resistance:

Water Resistance:

Wear Resistance:

Yes

Medium

Medium

Low

Low

Low

Physical Properties

Stiffness:

Texture:

Surface:

Transparency:

Surface Hardness:

Flexible

Irregular Texture

Glossy & Matte

Translucent

Soft

Surface Texture

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The unique textures are determined by different baking temperature, baking time, and coloring

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TEXTURE GALLERY
The Next Step & Education Plan

The material experiment of rice plastic will continue in the future,

incorporating with other natural materials, applying to other

products, as well as becoming a possible plastic alternative.

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Possible Future Plan

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Wasted Rice

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Produce Rice Plastic

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Consumer Goods

Education Plan

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Activity Introduction

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Material Experiment

(Making bioplastic)

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Sharing Time

Kid and her parent learning from the experiment

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