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Shoes made with grapes and bananas

Published 5 days ago by Sigrid | no responses

Sustainable British footwear brand Good News teamed up with H&M to design a line of footwear made with textile made of banana plant fibres called Bananatex, and vegan leather made with grape waste called Vegea. ...

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Robotic masonry with form freedom

Published 7 days ago by Sigrid | no responses

Dutch startup Stack3D developed an masonry robot that is able to construct unique, parametric brick facades. Because of housing shortages, it becomes vital to build fast with high quality standards. Through industrialisation and prefabrication, this ...

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A ‘knitted’ road made with stones and string

Published 2 weeks ago by Sigrid | no responses

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) are investigating how roads could be reinforced without the use of bitumen to make them more easily recyclable. Their solution? Stones, string and ...

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3D printed concrete gradient furniture and ceramic vases

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A collaboration between Vienna-based designer Philipp Aduatz and Austrian manufacturer Incremental3d resulted in a series of 3D printed concrete gradient furniture and ceramic gradient vases. 3D printing concrete is an up-and-coming fabrication technology allowing to ...

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Turning plastic bags into self-cooling fabric

Published 3 weeks ago by Sigrid | 2 responses

Researchers at MIT developed self-cooling fabrics made from polyethylene, a material commonly used in plastic bags. A plastic bag for a shirt hardly sounds like a cool option (both literally and figuratively). Polyethylene (PE) is ...

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A ceramic planter made with biochar to trap carbon

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In a collaboration between US-based companies OurCarbon, Break, and Sum Studio created a ceramic planter made with biochar, which traps greenhouse gasses. Developed by the Bioforcetech Corporation, OurCarbon is a material made of organic waste. ...

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