Gourd packaging

This project was started in the early nineties by modifying varieties of Squash (Cucurbita pepo) to create an alternative packaging for plastic bottles in the cosmetics industry. Squash are soft-skinned, colourful, edible and are generally smaller compared to bottle gourds but can also be cured.

In a later stage varieties of bottle gourds (Lagenaria siceraria) were used instead. These hard-skinned gourds are usually larger and have been used as containers throughout history.

Modified Squash bottle

Squash packaging

Cured Gourd bottles on glass top

Bottle gourd packaging