And this little piggie was incorporated into over 185 different products...
September 20, 2010 12:56 PM Subscribe
Over the course of three years, designer Christien Meindertsma
tracked the products that had been made from the remains of a single pig. In doing so, she discovered that the skin, bones, meat, organs, blood, fat, brains, hoofs, hair and tail of a single pig might be used in more than 180 very diverse products
, from shampoo, medicine, tattoo ink, munitions, cardiac valves, matches, desserts and bubblegum, beer and lemonade, car paint and brake discs to pills and bread. TED Talk
. TED Bio
. Vimeo video: Reading through the pages of Pig 05049
(in Dutch). Design Observer: Pig 05049
. Amazon: Pig 05049
‘Products are given an important value when we know where they came from, how they were made, the effort that has been involved’, states the Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma. 'The starting point for my projects is a particular place. A place is the location, the vegetation, the people and animals.'
Meindertsma is known for creating usable objects and clothing, and providing a link for the end user back to the animal they originally come from
. So, she creates "One Sheep Rugs" and includes a little tag and photo to the sheep who gave its wool. Also: One Sheep Sweaters
, which use wool from a single sheep. She also takes multiple "One Sheep Rugs" and makes larger "One Flock Rugs
" It's all part of her ongoing Design for a Living World