HOW IT WORKS

#1: MEALWORMS

The foundation of our system are mealworms: Little bugs that you can buy at almost every pet store and that are commonly used as animal food. In big parts of the world they are even a staple food for humans. (We can definitely recommend these delicious recipes😍)

Those worms have the fantastic ability to eat and digest expanded polystyrene (aka styrofoam). 🤯

Yep, it's true. Stanford University even released a study about it!


PLASTICULAB – your mealworm farm

And since you probably need a house for your new friends, we developed Plasticulab: a compact mealworm farm for urban Styrofarmers. In it's different layers, it has space for every generation, while giving the farmer the possibility to observe their superheroes and find out how nature helps out cleaning up the mess we made.

Just send us an email and we'll forward you the plans! 🕊


#2: STYROFOAM

Well that's an easy one. Styrofoam is lit(t)erally all around us. We just need to collect it and feed it to our new friends. You can even use Styrofoam that's mixed with toxic additives. No problem for our superheros.(Thanks again Stanford!✌️).

They will go to work directly and start turning the plastic into a natural material, while growing into beautiful, healthy insects.


#3: LEFT-OVERS

Then magic happens: The worms grow until they finally turn into beetles. That's basically their way of being an adult.

And as adults they do what adults do: Live, love and make babies. 500 per beetle actually, so soon you'll have a huge family!

And after two or three months later they are old and have lived their life 👴👵 until eventually, they die.

Leaving nothing, but the perfect left-over for you!


#3: NEW MATERIAL

Because their remnants are mainly made from a magical biopolymer called 'Chitin', which is almost everywhere in nature and the perfect foundation to make a new material.

But that's a bit more complicated, so we made a whole page about how that works.  🤓

Just jump over here and find out! 🙃