Chip[s] Board: Creating eco-friendly design materials from potato waste

Chip[s] Board have created a range of eco-friendly materials made from industrial potato waste that are being applied in the creation of sustainable products such as eyewear, fashion accessories, and furniture.

The materials are made from waste potato peelings created from food processing, which are then refined in a proprietary process as a binding agent, mixing in pine flour, coffee grounds and oak shavings. This process creates “boards” of bioplastic.

While Chip[s] Board utilises potato waste, there are no edible potato chips in the products, since they only use non-food grade industrial potato waste in production.

The boards, which contain no toxic chemicals, have been designed specifically to create a stronger circular economy for materials. At the end of their lifespan, the materials can be sent to industrial compost and turned into fertiliser.

Chip[s] Board was developed in response to the environmental impacts of readily disposable materials. Chip[s] Board started life when co-founders and designers Rowan Minkley and Robert Nicoll, working across a range of design and fabrication projects, became overwhelmed by the lack of value given to materials and the sheer disposability they have after such short lifespans. Inspired to find a new solution they sought to develop a new material that if treated in the same disposable manor wouldn’t have the enormous environmental impact currently generated by material disposal.

Rob Nicoll, Chip[s] Board co-founder and CMO, said: “Materials often need to have short lives, so our vision is to create materials that work with the cycles of nature not against it.”

Chip[s] Board was developed around the values of a circular economy, combining research and innovation to maximise the abundant resources not currently being utilised and improve the well-being of the planet. It has partnered with frozen food and chips manufacturer, McCain, who supply their raw materials for material production.

Rowan Minkley, Chip[s] Board co-founder and CEO, said: “Circular Economy should be the starting point when designing new products and materials.”

Chip[s] Board materials can be applied to furniture, as an eco-friendly alternative to MDF which uses binding agents that can be toxic such as formaldehyde.

Clothing and textile designer Isabel Fletcher has used Chip[s] Board materials to create bespoke buttons, while London-based eyewear brand Cubitts made use of the potato waste material in its sustainable collection, Redux.

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Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at

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