NoMess: A Biodegradable and Recyclable Food Tray
This project was submitted in a bid to NYC as a replacement to the 830,000 plastic foam trays used everyday in the city’s public schools.
The tray features handles on the side which provide a better grip as well as locations for the utensils and condiments. The material is a biodegradable and recyclable paper pulp called GreenCoat created by Phoenix Industries. This material features a non-stick coating that allows the student to easily separate compostable food waste and maintain the material value of the recyclable paper tray. Lastly, the food portions have been altered to match the ChooseYourPlate specifications, with larger divisions for grain and vegetables and smaller divisions for fruit and protein.
NoMess enhances the student lunch experience by highlighting the importance of education, nutrition, creativity, and sustainability. This tray will allow students to develop a healthier relationship with food and will educate them about the composting and recycling system beyond their own cafeteria. The creative form will excite students to engage in healthy lifestyle habits while understanding their role in systems of sustainability including recycling and composting.