2,000,000,000 Precious Pieces
- story by MaterialDistrict
2,000,000,000 Precious Pieces is a material research into waste flowers. Designer Rachelle Hornesch was inspired during her work as a florist at Garden Centre Gronsveld. On average, in the Netherlands 2 billion cut flowers are discarded each year.
During her research, Hornesch found that this waste stream can be of great value. The majority of the flowers that end up in the garbage are hardly damaged and contain a considerable aesthetic value that is reflected in exceptional colours and remarkable structures. In addition to its aesthetic value, this waste stream offers usable raw materials that can serve as a basis for new materials. Her sample archive shows that these raw materials can be used in the manufacturing of papyrus, pigments, dyes and bio composites.