Update on Final Project

Over this past week, Sung and I have decided to collaborate under the unifying theme of "Targeting Plastic Pollution". After speaking over Zoom, we have concluded that we will introduce our combined projects with a title slide representing this universal theme and then individually delve into our respective proposals on how we each in our own unique way intend to achieve such goals, myself through the use of mycelium packaging and Sung with remaking plastic waste into household items. 

As for our structure, we will introduce ourselves at the beginning and identify the theme of our project to the audience, and then we will present our own individual slides on our respective proposals under this "1 idea, 2 concepts" notion. In addition, we will emphasize the need to address this problem that is becoming increasingly concerning as plastic waste in our oceans are building up since millions are throwing their personal protective equipment (PPE) into Nature's habitats. For a simplified breakdown of our two project collaboration structure, please see below:

1. Theme Slide: Targeting Plastic Pollution

2. Myconcelium: Sebastian

3. New Born of Plastics: Sung Hong

4. Concluding Side: discusses how our two projects can make a difference


Over this past week, we also were able to collectively create a design for the mycelium packaging that will be used to ship and contain concealer that is made of entirely natural compounds. The name for my porion of the project will be called "Myconcelium", resembling a mesh between mycelium and concealer. Please see below for the rough design outline of the Myconcelium packaging.


The interior of the mycelium box would be coated with waterproof spray to prevent spillage or dissipation of the concealer into the hardened mycelium bricks. On the top of the container, the black portion in the image above, would be the logo on this enterprise as shown below. Additionally, the bottom of the container would include all the product information that clearly indicates and is transparent with the consumer of the ingredients that were used to formulate the concealer, which would of course be chemical-free and would likely consist of a base of essential oils. This illustration can also be seen below. Song and I will continue collaborating over this next week to prepare for our presentation on Thursday. I will go first in the setup outlined above and Sung will follow. 


Furthermore, over this past week I have collected formulas from some of the most widely used and effective natural concealers in the marketplace to analyze their similarities. So far the commonalties beyond frankincense, tulsi, and lotus, all three of which were previously identified in my prior blog posts, seem to be sunflower seed oil, beeswax, jojoba seed oil, Shea butter, corn starch, caster seed oil, avocado oil, bamboo stem extract, bergamot peel oil, algae extract, myrrh oil, aloe, leaf juice, pumpkin seed oil, seaweed extract, coffee seed oil, and iron oxides. All of these are 100% toxic chemical free. I am not entirely sure how iron oxide plays a role, but over the course of the next few days I will delve deeper to try and harness a better understand of its practicality in the use for the formulation of natural concealer. The "product info" left blank in the image above will be filled out with some of the main ingredients listed here. 

Amazon.com : Safya - 100% Pure Sunflower Oil, 1 L (33.8 fl oz ...  

Sunflower oil, one of the main common ingredients in popular natural concealers



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