Green design start-up Ottan Studio is committed to producing upcycled decor out of food and green waste. By collecting materials such as fruit peels, expired grains, vegetable residues, tree leaves and grass, the company can create colorful and trendy furniture with absolutely zero waste.

Continue reading below
Our Featured Videos
two sets on hands on the left and right, each holding mugs in various shades of orange

The process works by first collecting waste from places such as local retailer companies, food producers and greenhouses before cleaning, drying and grinding the materials. These materials are then added to green resins and injected into molds to create a range of products. Ottan Studio can turn the pulp from five glasses worth of carrot juice, or the peels from four glasses worth of orange juice, into an entire lampshade.

Related: Granby Workshop unveils ceramic dinnerware collection made from 100% waste

a coffee table with a brown top and dark green accents and legs. underneath the table is an attached, round lightbulb, unlit. a pair of hands are setting down a dark coffee mug on the table.

According to the company, the designers want to stray away from the idea of wood being an absolute sustainable material, as the industry’s consumption habits on a global level are continuing to damage and destroy forests. If more sustainable consumption and production models aren’t changed, Ottan Studio’s website explains, all of the world’s forests could be wiped out in as little as 100 years. Going even further, the studio pledges to plant one tree for every product sold.

two images: to the left, a lamp with a red-brown lampshade that casts light above and below onto a table full of books. to the right, a standing lamp with an orange-yellow lampshade. a green plant sits behind the lamp.

By using materials that would otherwise be wasted, such as peels, leaves and cut grass, the company is proving that you don’t need to cut down trees to create stylish products that are perfect for the minimalist home.

two images: to the left, a lamp with an orange lampshade on a table with several carrots laid out, hinting that the lampshade was made from carrots. to the right, a standing lamp with a dark brown lampshade, surrounded by two tables, one red and one orange, with rounded legs. potted plants sit on each table, and one potted plant is on the floor.

To make its products even more unique, Ottan doesn’t use any additional dyes or colorants, so the original and natural colors of the upcycled waste materials are reflected in the final result. Materials such as purple onion, red pepper and pomegranate retain their pinkish-hue, products made using lemon peels and lentils stay yellow and the leaves collected from tree pruning produce a soft green color. Since the products are handmade, no two items are identical and everything is one-of-a-kind.

 + Ottan Studio

Images via Ottan Studio