A lipstick collection made from microalgae in their paste and packaging case, for a circular and non-toxic production system

Exhibited at IUCN World Conservation Congress ‘One Nature, One Future’ 2021 in Marseille, France
Winner of the Isola Design Awards 2021 Jury Award for Sustainable Design and New Materials
Project video  |  Footage and editing by Eleonora Rombolà   |  Music by David Fesilyan
What: A microalgae based lipstick, including the packaging and paste
Why: Circular process, non-petroleum based, eliminating waste, less material sources, local production, non toxic, less land use
How: Replacing the oils, pigments, butters with algae based extracts and integrate them into a new lipstick recipe; 3D printing the case with a material coming from the same algae biomass
Where: London, UK
Lipsticks are an iconic product that has been in use for 6000 years, assuming a variety of meanings, rituals and symbols. Originally made of vegetal and animal substances, over time and especially in the past century it has evolved to a complex synthetically formulated product. Most commercial lipsticks today contain toxic petroleum-based chemicals, heavy metals, microplastics, and traces of lead. What if the components of a lipstick paste and packaging could be derived from microalgae? Algalip proposes a collection of lipsticks entirely algae-based, both in their paste formulation and case material. Microalgae can in fact be a rich and sustainable source of diverse valuable compounds, which can be turned into oil, butter and a wide range of coloured pigments. These are suitable for colour, texture, moisture and antioxidats. Within the same circular production cycle, another material that can be manufactured from the same source is a compostable algae-based 3D printing filament. The algae biomass waste could in fact be turned into a material that is suitable for the case and packaging of the lipstick, and can be printed at lower temperatures than standard filaments. The result is Algalip, a collection of algae-based lipsticks, produced within a circular system that can be implemented locally, limiting the number of sources, transportation, and eliminating waste. 
Individual project developed within MA Biodesign at Central Saint Martins UAL, with Maison/0  and LVMH Environment Team 
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