Book: PIG 05049

PIG 05049 is a book made by Dutch designer, Christien Meindertsma, where she spent three years researching how every single part of one pig is utilized. Many of the things we are surrounded by on a day-to-day basis, in which we are totally unaware may contain traces of any animal in it, in fact has some part of a piggy in it! Below is a small list of those things... see for yourself. Oink! * Beauty masks impregnated with porcine collagen are said to help reduce wrinkles and lines. * Hard gelatine capsules are used to hold dry powdered medicine. * In refining metals, technical gelatine is used to help electrolysis proceed more smoothly. It improves the growth of copper crystals on the cathodes, which leads to a purer metal product at the end of the refining process. * In sandpaper, bone glue is used as a sticking agent between paper and abrasive particles. * Mortadella is a large sausage that uses fat from the neck of the pig. Mortadella is originally from Bologna, Italy. * Insulin is a drug used to treat diabetes. The drug makes the digestive system think its full, causing glucose to be stored in the liver and muscles. Insulin is produced from the pancreas of the pig and is the closest to human insulin in terms of chemical structure. * Haemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells used to transport oxygen around the body. Recently, haemoglobin derived from pig blood has begun to be used in cigarette filters. It creates and "artificial lung" in which harmful reactions take place, before the chemicals reach the user. * Back fat is one of the highest quality fat sources on a pig, second only in quality to that used to make leaf lard. * Fatty acids derived from pork bone fat are used in automotive paints for their glossy properties. * Fatty acids derived from pork bone fat are used as a hardening agent in crayons and also gives them their distinctive smell. * Pig hairs make excellent paintbrushes because of their hard-wearing nature. * The hoof of the pig, or the trotter, is used in dishes around the world.