C6H10O5 │ 2016
Since the European Union will abolish the sugar quota in October 2017, the restrictions on the amount of sugar produced will be released. Farmers will be able to increase the cultivation of sugar beets. What will that mean for the value of the Dutch sugar beet? Could we start rethinking its application?
C6H10O5 is a research project focused on a revaluation of beet pulp, a by-product of the sugar production. Beet pulp, which consists mainly of Cellulose (C6H10O5), is generally used as stock feed.
By conducting experiments with the pulp, I found qualities of the material both physically and aesthetically. As I explored the potential of the by-product, I have discovered ways to fold, glue, color, and regulate its flexibility and hardness. One of the outcomes of my experiments is the possible application of a foldable and biodegradable package made from sugar beet pulp.
Could new applications for this by-product influence the value of the sugar beet?