A fish-shaped lamp that calls for measures against the problem of marine pollution
Have you ever seen this adorable fish-shaped light somewhere? You may be familiar with this car. It is the soy sauce container in “Ekiben,” a box lunch sold at a railroad station.
This glass lamp named “Light Soy” was designed and commercialized by heliograf, a design studio based in Sydney. Why did the company incorporate the design of a small Japanese soy sauce container into the lamp? Behind it is the message about marine pollution by plastic waste.
Ecoist also has often covered the issue of marine pollution caused by plastics. It is said that 3R is important to continue to use marine resources in the future since a large amount of plastic has already spread to the sea as you know. 3R means acronyms for Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, and the most important of these is Reduce. Advances in recycling technology, such as the recycling of plastic bottles and shoes, are as described in previous articles, but the UN’s opinion is that the most important is to reduce the waste itself.
The fish-shaped soy sauce container is an example of this. The individually-packaged soy sauce is convenient, but there should not be many people who reuse it. In addition, it is said that small plastic products are difficult to be recycled and are thrown into landfills. The adorable fish-shaped container can be thrown away and contribute to marine pollution as a result. It is also reported that more than 40% of the plastics that are released into the environment are such disposable products. The designer of the heliograf said that Light Soy was developed to appeal to the public about these issues of the disposable plastic products.
Originally, what was the background behind that this container was produced? The container was developed by ASAHI SOGYO that runs food processing business in Osaka, the capital of foods in Japan. When the company started manufacturing in 1957, there were only pottery and glass containers, which were fragile and dangerous, and alternatives were needed. The founder pursued to produce “a thing with an attractive shape” when working on developing a new container, and brought about the creation of that design. Around that time, box lunches called “Ekiben,” which can be seen anywhere in Japan, came to be made, and the container was spread all over the country in sets with Ekiben. In recent years, orders from foreign countries are increasing due to the Japanese food craze.
The Japanese, who designed the adorable fish-shaped item more than half a century ago, would have never imagined the problem of marine plastics. The development of Light Soy tells us that what society demands is changing from convenience for the individual to consideration for the earth. Pre-orders prior to its launch are currently available on the official website.