It is a glossy and beautiful tableware using “Mirai Wood”, which is also called “the tree of the future”. A mixture of biodegradable plastic and scrap wood used in the manufacture of baseball bats. This project was jointly developed and implemented by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and a local company. The Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology supports technological innovation in the private sector.
The research institute aims to improve people’s lives by conducting tests, research, dissemination, and technical support related to industrial technology. Calls made easy to organize biodegradable plastic projects. “Ryoka Sangyo” was appointed as a partner. A company that develops plastic food containers and products for medical devices and possesses high-quality processing technology.
Mr. Moriyuki Tsuji of Ryoka Sangyo said, “Ryoka Sangyo has been making plastic products for more than 50 years. The global trend is decarbonization, and we need to reduce plastic. In addition, the environmental material “MIRAIWOOD (Future Wood)” was developed in a joint project with the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. Ryoka Sangyo is a pure plastic manufacturer, and in this project Ryoka Sangyo tried to mix two materials: biodegradable plastic and natural wood, he said.
“As a result, we were able to increase the ratio of wood to 51% and plant-based to 73%. Tsuji also emphasized that “existing plastic molding facilities can produce Mirai Wood or Future Wood products,” adding that “mass production through molds is possible, but is defined as a wooden product.”
There are many types of tableware containers. The tableware set of plates, cups, chopsticks and spoons is perfect for camping leisure. A beautiful and delicate appearance colored with traditional techniques, such as Japanese traditional crafts, lacquerware, and tableware. In fact, it seems that craftsmen gathered the wood cut out and molded it with the technique of “Mirai Wood”.
“In this way, craftsmen fix the tableware and cut it with a knife. We aim to revitalize the region by utilizing traditional crafts and sustainable waste wood. Administrative leadership and state-of-the-art technologies in the private sector will help achieve the goals of truly sustainable development: society.” (Ani)
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