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What if our home electronics were made from fruit, not plastic?

If you glance around your home, you’ll see plastic everywhere, from your air-conditioner to your phone charger to your lamp. When you’re done with these products, they’ll likely end up in a landfill where they’ll sit for hundreds of years, breaking into minuscule particles that make their way into rain and food.

A trio of designers in Milan wants to make our home products out of more sustainable materials. They’ve just launched an $85 lamp called the Ohmie that’s made from discarded orange peels and can be thrown into the compost bin at the end of its life, where it will decompose along with other food waste. It’s a beautiful product and one that points to a future where designers stop relying so heavily on plastic.

The Ohmie lamp comes from a studio in Milan called Krill Design, whose design team consists of Sofia Duarte, Victoria Rodriguez Schon, and Yack Di Maio. Krill launched in 2018 with the goal of developing new materials from waste and creating more eco-friendly products. Until now, the studio has designed products for other companies, including trays, lamps, and bowls made from orange peels for San Pellegrino and furniture made from coffee grounds for a competition hosted by the Municipality of Milan.

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