Great industrial design student work: Finding an “outlet” for bone waste


Elos is a project of Souhaïb Ghanmi, in her last year of studies in industrial design at ECAL in Switzerland. Ghanmi began by identifying a ready source of materials:

“In the meat industry in Switzerland, there are more than 230,000 tonnes of waste from slaughterhouses every year. I am looking into the recycling of food waste, in particular bones, which pollute by their disintegration , and thus make maximum use of animals. For me, bone is a forgotten and untapped material despite its many properties.”

“Elos is a range of switches and sockets using bone meal for its electrical insulation properties.”

“The socket is inspired by the articulation of the femoral head allowing the cable to be accompanied, thus avoiding wear and the organic shapes of the switches are inspired by the cutting of long bones.”

“Adding to the family, a cover variant combining a cable winder and a telephone charging station.”

Pretty creative use of hardware! Ghanmi is now a trendy industrial designer working for an interior design brand, and I hope he can convince them to use bone. I think the material is beautiful.

Rain Noah

I’m a lapsed industrial designer. I was born in New York and thought I would die there, but a few years ago I left New York to live on a farm in the countryside with my wife. We have six dogs.

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