LIFI active ecological packaging project is a result of 2 year (2015-2017) Master studies in Vilnius Academy of Arts. By different counts, every year we lose almost 1/3 (which is almost 1.4 billion tonnes) of the food we grow and produce. With this amount of food we could feed one billion people and defeat starvation. At the same time we throw immense amounts of plastics into our environment. These two major problems gave the ground inspiration to create a packaging and a product which would allow consumer to grow their own food and reduce the amount of trash.
By analyzing an impact of social, economical and environmental changes to packaging (and vice versa) I managed to distinguish three main categories of future packaging: interactive, active and smart. Active packaging is the only one which is able to make an impact on how the product is consumed without asking for interaction from the consumer. An example would be a sustainable packaging. Therefore, this category was selected as a base for this creative project.
LIFI is made of two parts: an active ecological packaging and herb seeds. The package itself is made out of processed fallen tree leaves collected in the forests of Lithuania. The hand made package is filled with seeds and a cover is formed. When user opens and waters the product, packaging starts to dissolve and helps plant to grow. This product is an alternative to the in-store found herbs, which are often plastic packaged. It can be reused many times or just thrown away.
Design: Edmundas Jankauskas (Lithuania)
Supervisor: assoc. prof. Robertas Jucaitis (Lithuania)