The pressure of maintaining an ecological balance has gripped one and all, including high design lighting retailer Flos and biotech company Bio-on who have partnered together to reinvent an iconic plastic lamp in eco-friendly bio-plastic. The new Missi Sissi Lamp by Philippe Starck is apparently the world’s first design object manufactured with polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs), a water-biodegradable biopolymer made from the waste of sugar beet and cane production. That is indeed uncanny and unheard of substance that could ever come to be used for a lighting fixture! Miss Sissi was previously sold in injection-molded polycarbonate, an environmentally damaging plastic. Hence, it could be a bit of a dilemma for the design industry to convert their existing famous furniture into something composed of PHA’s.
Nevertheless, this is something for the design industry to contemplate on. As of now, the world is open to using the technology of Bio-on and the range of biopolymers developed by them for all sectors currently using plastic. There seems to be no mention of the pricing yet.