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Category: Sustainable materials


Leafing a smaller environmental footprint.

By Lorrin Windahl. Eating off a leaf. It’s not a new idea. People from different cultures around the world have been doing it for years. But mass producing a leaf plate. Well, that is a different story entirely. Can it be done?…

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Pinatex – an ethical leather alternative

By Lorrin Windahl. Leather. Like it or not it results in the death of the animal. Some may argue that it is the by-product of the meat industry and therefore a kind of recycling of a waste product. But others are…

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Freitag – compostable clothing

By Josh Henry. For many of us, our options when it comes to clothing disposal are fairly limited. Either drop it in the charity bin or send it to landfill. However with only 10% of donated clothes being used maybe…

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The magic mushroom.

By Lorrin Windahl. Did you know that you can now grow your own product? I know, it sounds a bit backyard hippy meets mad inventor yeah? But it’s exactly what Ecovative are offering with their GIY Mushroom Material Kit. You can either place the material in your…

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Cardboard Furniture; Brilliant yet Terrible

Chairgami's Cardboard Armchair (USA)

by Joe La Delfa. Cardboard furniture isn’t great for what it is, but for what it replaces. Browsing through search results for cardboard furniture yields nothing but praise. Design magazines, blogs and of course, cardboard furniture websites are feverishly throwing buzzwords at…

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Spiritree – giving life after death

By Lorrin Windahl. Death is a pretty morbid topic, one people often shy away from. But it is also the only certainty in life. We all die. Hopefully not until the very distant future though. And with the increasing size of…

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The ASRC Food Justice Truck

By Lorrin Windahl. It has been very rewarding to have been involved in such a worthy and life improving project as the Food Justice Truck (FJT) – a collaboration with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC). It’s not often that an…

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