We get dressed each and every day: clothes protect us and help us express ourselves. We can dress better when we re-design the whole textile process from manufacturing to use to recycling.
Flower Matter: innovative materials from flower waste
Various sources say 40% is the percentage of flowers grown commercially that are thrown away before they reach consumers' hands. In Bangkok, Thailand, where the excessive use of flower is rooted deeply into the way of life, Pak Klong Talat is a flower market with over 500 vendors that runs for 24 hours, 7 days a week. It generates roughly one cubic meter of flower waste per shop per week; for example, a wedding can take up to 3-5 tons of flowers for one night before they all end up in landfills as mixed waste.
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Flower Matter aims to provide a solution to cut this waste stream by turning flower waste into environmentally responsible materials, such as paper, bio-foam and leather-like material that can then be used as a replacement for currently imported florist supplies or as an alternative raw material for various products. All materials are designed with the heart of biodegradability and the possibility to recycle.
Designs for a Cooler Planet 2021
Construction gobbles up half of the world’s natural resources. Collaboration between scientists, designers, architects, the public sector and companies generates ideas that can make living environments and the construction industry more sustainable.
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