Earth is an amazing supplier of resources but it’s important that we understand how these resources work so we can imitate their properties and create sustainable alternatives and products.
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By: ADRIANO DI MARTI SA DE CV
100% bio-derived durable leather-like material that is free of phthalates, PVC, heavy metals, and is colored using natural pigments. It is made of a biopolymer derived from cactus plants and uses an environmentally friendly production process with a reduced carbon/water footprint. Applications are for footwear, handbags, accessories, and upholstery for furniture and automotive markets.
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By: Hemp Black
An environmentally friendly, non-toxic, and organic replacement for carbon black pigments and inks. This patented technology utilizes the carbon-rich hurd from the hemp plant to make a carbon-negative black pigment, as well as high-performance fibers with conductive, thermo-regulating, and anti-static properties. Hemp Black can be used as a sustainable alternative in automotive, smart textiles, cosmetics, and printing.
By: Biopolymer Network Ltd
Molded expanded polylactic acid foam (E-PLA) made from commercially available plant-derived PLA. It offers comparable impact resistant and insulation properties to Styrofoam at a lower weight while being sustainably sourced material that offers end-of-life options. Used as a direct replacement for expanded polystyrene, applications include packaging, home, and leisure.
By: SOOWON CHAE
A contemporary material that is fully biodegradable and made of only four natural ingredients. By varying the proportions of the substances, different colors, textures, and patterns can be created. This material can be used as a textile, or the proportions can be adjusted to allow it to function as a sustainable alternative for rubber or silicone. Applications include furniture upholstery and flooring.
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