"Towards a Sensible Materialism"

Bioplastic is usually made from plants with a high starch content in their roots. Amélie’s hypothesis is that she can make bioplastic from burdock roots and dahlia roots because they have a high content of inulin (a polysaccaride similar to starch). I chose burdock because it is a widely available invasive plant that grows in urban and rural areas of Quebec. In the future, Amélie hopes to easily harvest the burdock without having to grow it. Amélie chose the dahlia flower because I can use the flower to make pigment with which she can dye the bio-plastic thus making it a full circle process.

Themes: Energy, Resources & Technology, Waste

Amélie Bélanger

MA, Faculty of Fine Arts