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We link scientific innovation to the benefit of every day people: climate adaptation, biochemistry, biotechnology

3-Dimensional Kenyan Food Packaging

January 15, 2017

 

We are very pleased to launch our newest community science project! Of course, on the physical plane, food packaging has 3 dimensions: height (y), width (x), depth(z).

 

On the sustainability side, there are also 3 dimensions:

 

(1) affordable (profit for the producer, the supplier AND the consumer); 

(2) culturally appealing (people feel a positive emotional connection to the design as well the production process); 

(3) technologically appropriate (planetary resources are regenerated due to the manner in which the food packaging is made and disposed).

 

We are unifying the creative and innovation capacity of local expertise.  The production raw materials are natural fibres from plants that have caused a problem for local communities (e.g. water hyacinth).  The production tools are 3D printers and micro-manufacturing methods. The design standard combines traditional artifacts such as gourds with design for biodegradability and design for empowerment.

 

Watch our video and stay tuned for updates....

 

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 CSTI - What inspires us:

 

We are a multidisciplinary team of researchers and practitioners who believe that the scientific and technological knowledge we develop is a legacy trust we create for the community.

Some people are artists, others give inspirational speeches.  We deliver understanding that can be adapted to solve ecological and industrial problems.  The eagerness with which this understanding is received and used is what inspires us to do our work.

We  must treat the earth well. It was not given to us by our parents, it is loaned to us by our children.

Mtunze ardhi vyema. Hamkupewa na wazazi, bali mlikopeshwa na wazawa wenu. (Swahili)

 csti milestones: 

 

Sept 16, 1998:   Micro-Science kits were developed for schools and are still in use.

 

1997 to 1999:  Micro-Science kits were developed for schools and are still in use.

 

2010:  Conclusion of our Sakai Community Resilience to Drought project in which over US $300,000 total funding was leveraged to develop a replicable model for community resilience to drought.  The model was adopted by Kenya government. (See IISD website for additional details)

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