Materia Madura is a woman-led sustainable materials and design company.
Plantain and coffee, cultural staple foods of Puerto Rico, are produced and consumed abundantly, therefore their organic waste is also abundant, contributing to local landfill waste and environmental issues. Analyzing food waste as a critical issue and local resource, a new material was developed from these waste streams to open innovative possibilities for design applications. Taking advantage of our local waste and transforming it through design, we aim to highlight how many everyday products are designed with toxic, unsustainable materials when they can be produced with locally sourced, non-toxic, and sustainable materials.
Offering an alternative to agricultural waste, food waste, and recycling, by buying Materia Madura products, businesses and individuals can obtain everyday products that are sustainable while contributing to the reduction of Puerto Rico's agricultural by-products and promoting its circular economy.
Materia Madura's Founder
Ana Cristina Quiñones is a Material, Product, and Furniture Designer from Puerto Rico with a Masters Degree in Furniture Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London, a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Design, and a background in Architecture courses. Specializing in sustainability and material innovation, Ana creates effective and meaningful solutions to environmental issues by designing sophisticated objects that have a story to tell through their materiality.
In 2012, Ana started to create an innovative plantain and coffee waste-based material composite and continued to further develop and refine it through research and design until finally establishing it in 2015 under the name Materia Madura. Since then, she has developed a wide range of products that have been exhibited globally throughout galleries, museums, and acclaimed design fairs. Her work has also been published throughout a variety of international publications. In 2020, she expands Materia Madura into a brand and a business; offering sustainably designed products made with local, innovative waste-based materials to be accessible to all through an online platform.