Designer Maurizio Montalti develops mycelium-based material and products as a solution to plastic problem

Amsterdam-based designer Maurizio Montalti – who has created pieces of furniture from a fungus-based material – is proving that mycelium can be used to replace plastic and other materials that are tough to recycle. By combining mycelium, the “root structure of fungus”, with agricultural waste such as wheat, rapeseed and flax, Maurizio Montalti has created a new material, which he has used in the design … Continue reading Designer Maurizio Montalti develops mycelium-based material and products as a solution to plastic problem

Desserto: Mexican innovators create cactus leather as a sustainable alternative to leather

Mexico is home to the nopal cactus and now two innovators from the country have created a unique and sustainable material made of cactus, as an  alternative to leather. Adrián López Velarde and Marte Cázarez’s brand Desserto have created the first cactus-based leather on the market, made from nopal cactus leaves. The cactus leather is organic, partially biodegradable, soft, durable, and can be used to … Continue reading Desserto: Mexican innovators create cactus leather as a sustainable alternative to leather

PHOENX: Modular carry-on suitcase features parts that can be easily replaced or repaired

London-based startup PHOENX has created a suitable carry-on suitcase, made from 95% recycled and regenerated materials, which is modular – so parts can be eaily repaired and replaced. The signature modular design allows each component to be sent in for replacement, enabling the PHOENX team to properly recycle each part. This benefits both the consumer and the planet by decreasing unnecessary waste and extending the … Continue reading PHOENX: Modular carry-on suitcase features parts that can be easily replaced or repaired

Stroodles: The environmentally-friendly pasta straw

Simple and ingenious ideas are coming out of people’s desire to protect the planet, and the latest innovation in straws comes in the form of the Stroodles, made entirely from pasta. The pasta straw, which is made from durum wheat and water, is the latest sustainable straw solution to hit the market, as a solution to both single-used plastics and paper straws which can get … Continue reading Stroodles: The environmentally-friendly pasta straw

Acorn Vase: Witness the growing process of an acorn into an oak tree from your home then replant outdoors

Autumn is the time to collect acorns and if you are wanting to witness the early stages in the growth cycle of an acorn tree, the Acorn Vase will enable you to do just that with one of the acorns you’ve collected. The beautifully designed Acorn Vase, made from borosilicate glass, is shaped like a dome with a small funnel opening at the top where … Continue reading Acorn Vase: Witness the growing process of an acorn into an oak tree from your home then replant outdoors

Granbyware: Ceramic Dinnerware made from ceramic, glass and stone waste

Granby Workshop have taken crushed glass, old tiles, factory sludge and other waste destined for landfill and turned it into 100% recycled ceramic tableware. The ceramics manufacturer, based in Liverpool, tested numerous materials from waste streams before coming up with the winning formula for Granbyware. Granby Workshop said: “We set out to develop our recipe entirely from waste and nothing else – not a single gram … Continue reading Granbyware: Ceramic Dinnerware made from ceramic, glass and stone waste

Sustainable alternative to plastic made from fish waste wins James Dyson UK award

A home compostable material, comprised of waste material from the fishing industry and sustainable algae, has won the James Dyson UK award for its design as a sustainable alternative to single-use plastic films. The material, known as MarinaTex, is the invention of Lucy Hughes, 23, a recent graduate in product design from the University of Sussex. MarinaTex is made from waste fish and can be … Continue reading Sustainable alternative to plastic made from fish waste wins James Dyson UK award

Muji’s Refillable Pens help to reduce waste

Do you like writing in different coloured pens but concerned about the amount of waste? Muji have made it possible for you to have a pen in various colours with much less waste. The Japanese brand have re-designed their pens to make them compatible with all gel ink refills in order to reduce waste.  The idea is that you purchase a pen shell as it … Continue reading Muji’s Refillable Pens help to reduce waste

POTR Pots: Self-watering, origami plant pots designed to have the “smallest carbon footprint possible”

Two Scottish entrepreneurs have created self-watering, origami plant pots designed to have the “smallest carbon footprint possible during shipping”.   POTR Pots, which are made from recycled plastic, are flat-packed plant pots designed to self-water your plants. The origami design allows for easy assembly with one pull of a cotton cord, transforming the flat pattern into a pot capable of holding water at its base. After … Continue reading POTR Pots: Self-watering, origami plant pots designed to have the “smallest carbon footprint possible”

Chip[s] Board: Creating eco-friendly design materials from potato waste

Chip[s] Board have created a range of eco-friendly materials made from industrial potato waste that are being applied in the creation of sustainable products such as eyewear, fashion accessories, and furniture. The materials are made from waste potato peelings created from food processing, which are then refined in a proprietary process as a binding agent, mixing in pine flour, coffee grounds and oak shavings. This … Continue reading Chip[s] Board: Creating eco-friendly design materials from potato waste