Cellulose-based polymer One of the first plastics was made from cellulose. In 1855 scientist Alexander Parkes created the first thermoplastic out of nitrocellulose and camphor.
Chitin-based biodegradable polymer Scientists at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed a new biopolymer that mimics the toughness, durability, and flexibility
Bricks made from salvaged building materials WasteBasedBrick originated in Eindhoven, Netherlands, home to the Design Academy, where Tom van Soest was a student. He noted
Seaweed insulation Throughout much of the year, Mediterranean beaches are littered with clumps of Posidonia oceanica seaweed, also known as Neptune grass. The plant often
Bio-resin coated receptacles Propolis is a biodegradable resin collected by honeybees for patching beehive openings. Its color varies with its particular botanical origins, although brown
Wood-based insulation Researchers at the Brunswick, Germany–based Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research have developed a new wood-based insulation material that consists of foamed wood particles.
Recycled HDPE vessels Plag represents designer Waël Seaiby’s noble effort to upcycle the disposable plastic bag. Approximately one million such bags are used each minute
Artichoke thistle chair The artichoke thistle is an edible plant that has been harvested in central and western Mediterranean regions since ancient times. One of
Geometric cellulose objects Xylinum Cones are the result of a production process that utilizes living organisms to grow geometrical objects. Designers Jannis Hülsen and Stefan
Glass brick KiloLux is a monolithic glass block with the appearance of a laminate produced by thermally bonding glass at low temperatures. Wales-based Innovative Glass