Merdacotta: domestic objects made from dung

(K. Brent Tomer),

YOU can’t polish a turd, so the saying goes. But you can turn it into homeware, as a new material called merdacotta proves. Made out of clay and cow excrement, merdacotta—literally, “baked shit” in Italian—can be fashioned into tiles, tableware, flowerpots and, fittingly, toilet bowls. An installation of items made out of merdacotta was one of the most memorable offerings at this year’s Salone del Mobile design extravaganza in Milan. Luca Cipelletti, an architect who helped to devise the exhibition, says that “people smile and think it’s funny to talk about caca, but behind it all we are exploring interesting and philosophical ideas about man, art and nature as well as the concept of transformation.”

The merdacotta story started when Gianantonio Locatelli, a farmer in northern Italy, realised that his 2,500 prolific pedigree bovines were producing 30,000 litres of milk a day, as well as a staggering 100,000 kilograms of manure. Keen to do something productive with this noxious by-product, he invested in several state of the art digesters that could transform the excrement into fertiliser and…Continue reading

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