abandoned earth ︎︎︎ tableware made from industrial waste

The recycled clay is ready for processing and can be converted into products at any time. So far, more than 300kg are in stock, a plate requires less than 500g. The source of waste constantly results in new and random types of clay of German origin.

    It's all about the details. And even in the simplest of things, problems multiply when profit comes first. This tableware aims to show that every little decision in a manufacturing chain determines the footprint of a product.

Ceramic objects always suggest sustainability and environmental friendliness. This is fundamentally not wrong.
The basic materials are available in large quantities almost everywhere in the world, today's kilns are extremely efficient and can be operated with household electricity, and even burned rejects are returned to the cycle. Seemingly endless demand always allows for a local scene, so trade routes could be short.

In most cases, however, well-known retail chains do not even produce in European countries, even though they sell it here. As a result, long distances are covered by ship or plane, giving a once recyclable product an unnecessarily large footprint. Not to mention the conditions under which these products were made. 

On the other hand, the raw material is usually packed in thin plastic bags. If stored incorrectly and simply due to transport, some of them get punctured, causing the material to dry out. They are thus sorted out, although the same quality can be restored in the processing. The packaging is obviously poorly chosen, rejects are simply accepted. 

Does it really have to be like this?

︎︎︎ Abandoned Earth is made from industrial waste and rain water. It is not made in China which is not aimed at citizens of this country. The criticism is directed at European companies that are not interested in fair and sustainable production. "China" is just a placeholder for countries with questionable health and safety.
The Tableware is produced as minimalist as possible by avoiding disposable plastics, plaster molds or electric potter‘s wheel. Almost every tool in the process is converted from other things and can also function as something else afterwards. 

The studio has reprocessed over 300 kg discarded ceramics within 3 months.

However, sustainability that is meant to be taken seriously must always be questioned and reconsidered. The Abandoned Earth products are constantly being optimized, for example, the size of the plates will adapt to the size of the oven in the future. This enables even more compact firing and saves energy. Transparency before profit.

© Benedikt Peirotén 2021