Thursday, January 28

19:00 – 19:20

Hugo and Koen are part of a Rotterdam based collective of designers currently studying at or graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam. Together, they are working on solving social issues with a multi-disciplinary approach. In a single day, at one of the outdoor markets in and around Rotterdam, vendors throw away approximately 3500 kilos of rotten or otherwise unsellable fruits and vegetables. They see these foods as trash and bin them. But food isn’t trash – you just need to find a different purpose for it. One of the techniques chefs use is to mash, cook and then dry fruits to turn them into a candy like piece of fruit called fruitleather. By producing this on large scale with the unsellable fruits from the market, a new kind of material is created. This material can be used in many different ways, creating many different products.