Find a better destination for carbon.
CLAM LAB. Starting from design, the concept is moving forward to be known.
In recent years, carbon reduction has become a global development trend, yet “carbon fixation” hasn’t been widely understood. By our design (products, packaging, and animation), we hope that we can make the concept of carbon sequestration more familiar to the people and arouse them to pay attention to it and put it into practice.
文蛤是很好的固碳材料，在生長過程中，藉由鈣化作用使碳酸離子轉換成碳酸鈣，將二氧化碳封存在殼中。以貝殼平均 90% 碳酸鈣含量估算，每公噸可固化 440 公斤二氧化碳。
During the growth of clams, they can transfer CO32- to calcium carbonate with the help of calcification and seal carbon dioxide in the shells. Averagely, the shells are composed of 90% calcium carbonate, they can fixate 440 kilograms of carbon dioxide per metric ton.
There are about 60,000 metric tons of clams produced every year in Taiwan. Thus, Taiwan has tremendous potentials in developing correlated. People usually have clams in their diets, but they seldom recycle them. We’d like to put the concept of carbon sequestration into practice through the flowerpot made of the materials developed from clam shells, which can moisturize and neutralize acid.
The flowerpot is made of clam shells and agars, presenting with the appearance of shallow sea and intertidal zone where clams grow up. Developing with the image of choppy sea, we depicted the curved surface on the flowerpot. By planting the vanillas that thrive in microalkali soil in the streamlining flowerpots, the houses will be green and alive.
由質地堅硬的木心材雕刻成的儲水盤，透過盆栽底部搭配的棉繩，以大氣壓力、毛細現象為動力，引水而上。比起傳統澆灌節省約 78% 的水，這樣的方式能維持土壤溼度恆定，拉長澆水週期，除了對使用者更加便利，更能有效提供植物生長所需用水。
The self-watering plant tray is carved out of firm hard duramen. The water ascends through the cotton rope under the flowerpot by capillary action. In this way, it saves 78% more water than traditional watering, maintains soil's moisture and extends the watering period. In addition to the convenience for the users, it provides the water that a plant need in order to be more efficient.
Also, we designed the exquisite shovel and rake to match the size and caliber of our flowerpot. They are smooth and shaped like shells, which not only makes them easier to hold and collect, but also provides the users with the tools that are equipped with both aesthetic design and functional practicality.
We found that the materials made of clam shells and agars have the characteristic of holding moisture capacity and neutralizing acidic soil in the process of our experiment, and it is quite suitable for a flowerpot.
We went to Jianguo Flower Market. We found that most flowerpots sold in the market were made of plastic, and so were other tools. It caused a large amount of waste. Therefore, we’d like to design a different flowerpot, making the process of planting more eco-friendly and more fascinating.
Because of the rareness of our materials, we faced lots of difficulties beyond our imagination. From the mold to the formula, the process to the modeling, the problems came up in every phase. We spent nearly 4 months finding out the best way to produce our product, and we comprehended the ideal and reality between design, having more and more perspectives in developing a new product.
The exterior of the package echoes the wavy shape of the flowerpot, creating an elegant streamlined shape at the edges. We utilize the dark blue of the ocean, the bright yellow of the sun, and the flat gray of the gravel beach to make the brand lively and stylish.
The image film "The Journey of Carbon" conveys the process of "carbon fixation”. First, Carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere, wandering in the ocean, fixed in the clam shell, and then eaten, discarded by human, and finally recycled through the "CLAM LAB" - at last, carbon dioxide finds a destination.
Positive “carbon fixation” will be the trend in the future, but not the passive "carbon reduction," and the materials for carbon fixation play an important role in it. We used clam shells, which are familiar in our diet in Taiwan, to do experiments, and try to find out the reusable value from them. We would like the people to know about the concept of "carbon fixation" and put it into practice through our products. We hope "CLAM LAB" can be a starting point to open up a new stage for carbon sequestration.