"They're not trash cans, but resource bins," says Murakami Yuki. His love of making goes back to childhood. And at college he developed his own banana peel leather. Transforming garbage and scrap into useful materials – lampshades from coffee grounds or chairs from old receipts – his creations are unique, but they're also as biodegradable as possible, with minimal environmental impact. This sort of alchemy has earned praise and serious interest from industries facing issues surrounding waste.
Murakami Yuki (right) takes old coffee grounds from a café
A lampshade made with coffee grounds
A wallet made from banana peel leather
Murakami is flooded with inquiries from industries with waste issues