Today we talk about corn starch, an ingredient for cakes, syrups, sauces and… the future.
A little bit of history…
Corn starch is a wonderful invention whose applications stretch from cooking to furniture industry.
Discovered in 1840 by Thomas Kingsford, corn starch was patented as an alternative to wheat starch and was initially use for starching laundry and for other industrial purposes.
… and science
Traditional plastic is petroleum-based and involves chemicals. It is non-biodegradable and made with a non-renewable resource.
PLA, or polylactic acid, is a biocompostable plastic made form the corn starch converted into a polymer. It closely resembles traditional plastic; yet, unlike this, PLA is 100% toxic free.
“Biocompostable” means it decomposes very easily (at the same rate as paper) without producing toxic substances and leaving only harmless material such as water, carbon dioxide and biomass.
Unlike the average PLA plastics, the PLA used for printing Krill lamps is not only biocompostable, but also biodegradable. This means that, albeit maintaining the main characteristics of biocompostables (non-toxic, non-allergenic, made from renewable resources, waste-free, flexible and durable), it decays naturally and does not require a dedicated composting implant.
VANILLA CORNSTARCH PUDDING RECIPE
1. 2 1/2 cups whole milk
2. 6 tablespoons sugar
3. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4. 4 tablespoons corn starch
5. 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
KRILL LAMP RECIPE
1. 200g PLA
2. 100g Natural Linen
3. 1 led light bulb
Mix with environmental awareness and a pinch of creativity.