When I started thinking about this project, I couldn't forget how important it was for me to play with my siblings when we were kids and how much I felt bad if I lost some pieces or one of them broke after many times of play.
I designed this product especially because if in a future day the child of my boyfriend (now ex) will be in my same conditions of childhood, he will find joy in giving a second life to the puzzle and so let him know that the nature is beautiful as it is, without ruin it.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
This product is ecofriendly both for the entire production cycle and beacuse it's made of Materi-Bi® so entirely compostable (in compliance with UNI EN 13432); no toxic (best food bioplastics); it's worked with the technologies of traditional plastics and it's printed with water colors. It has ludic and educational value because a puzzle stimulates psycho-social development of the child, it increases the curiosity to manipulate a sensory toy, it grows sensitivity and respect for the plant world
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
This product looks like a toy included in its packaging that is a book with mixed text and images from which you can extract a puzzle to play with.
ECOpuzzle can be used in the family (where each stimulus takes on greater value) and can be widespread in the kindergarten, as a valuable teaching tool that combines the playful aspect with learning.
Each piece can be buried to germinate the seeds of the flowers contained in it.
The entire book can follow the same fate or it can be simply composted.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in March 2013 among Fabbrico (RE) and Bologna (exactly in ABABo) and it finished in July 2013.
It was at the base of my thesis discussed in July 2013.
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Images are printed using water colors on Mater-Bi® film coupled to an extruded 1mm thick leaf. A "flowered carpet" made from flower seeds contained between two sheets of paper is applied under the leaf using Coccoina® (harmless glue for seeds).
The page thus prepared is introduced into a press, which engraves the pieces of the puzzle, and it's glued, excluding the central area, to a supporting page that replicates the same picture. Finished pages are punched for binding with thermoformed spiral.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Book animals: 195 mm x 43 mm x 180 mm
Puzzle piece animals: 137 mm x 1,5 mm x 110 mm
Whole puzzle animals: 1140 mm x 1,5 mm x 205 mm
Book tiny seed: 195 mm x 30 mm x 180 mm
Puzzle piece tiny seed: 62 mm x 1,5 mm x 74 mm
Whole puzzle tiny seed: 600 mm x 1,5 mm x 100 mm
ECOpuzzle, Book, ECOtoy, FlowerPuzzle, HappyLearning, Children's Garden
Research: analysis on the advantages, drawbacks, and different types of bioplastics.
Objective: to create an eco-friendly toy.
Methodology: to project using Life Cycle Design and Life Cycle Assessment.
Benchmarking: Eco toys and analysis of puzzles for different age.
Experiment: biodegradability and germination of the prototype, game tests on children aged 2 and 5.
Depth study on the Mater-Bi® and environmentally friendly production.
The hardest part of this design was the search of the most appropriate material for the entire product: I needed a good workable material, that it was a valid substitute of paperboard, and it was a great environment for the seeds once buried.
After that I found the Mater-Bi® and the manufacturers, by very kind people working in the industry I have been provided information on production and processing technologies, the law regulates Materi-Bi® and that were compatible with the rest of my project
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Image #1: Photographer Enrico Maria Bertani, Enjoy with paper seeds, 2016.
Image #2: Photographer Enrico Maria Bertani, Wrapper, 2016.
Image #3: Photographer Enrico Maria Bertani, Read and play without blanks, 2016.
Image #4: Photographer Enrico Maria Bertani, Handle with fantasy, 2016.
Image #5: Photographer Enrico Maria Bertani, Hide and seek of tiny plant, 2016.
Video Credits: Photographer Giulia Messori, Every ending can have a new beginning, 2013