Marco Tinajero, a Mexico City based industrial designer, presents us the Paach Pack. Paach is Mayan for "back" and reveals its origin since the products are produced with an ancient weaving technique in a Mayan location near Yucatan (Mexico). The product is the result of a project on giving traditional techniques a new dimension to use and preserve local craftsmanship.
The original version is made out of natural fibers though due to its scarcity the local artisans currently work with a plastic alternative offering more flexibility, durability and color variations. Marco is currently looking for an alternative natural fiber in order to make the Paach-Pack a full biodegradable product. Find him at www.oqramdesign.com for any suggestions.
Aart van Bezooijen is a Dutch optimist and motivator for materials in design. He lives and works in Hamburg where he founded Material Stories (2005) to inspire and enable the best use of materials to make design more competitive, creative and sustainable.
2011 he explored sustainable solutions from around the world during the "It's Not Easy Being Green" project with graphic designer Paula Raché. He co-organized the Materials Café exhibitions at the Hannover Messe in Germany, the world's leading trade fair for industrial technology. Since 2012, he works as Professor for Material and Technology Transfer at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle growing a new materials library.