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Manureality

Code
ONA795
Country
Netherlands

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Manureality is a board material made from horse manure with similar properties to chipboard or MDF. It consists of 80% manure, chalk, water, and dissolvable glue. These ingredients are mixed, pressed into a mould and left to dry.

For the project, as part of his graduation at Design Academy Eindhoven, designer Martijn Straatman aimed to find a more sustainable building material by going back to basics. He studied construction techniques in Africa, South-America, and Asia, which included building techniques that use manure and fibre sources. After additional research, Straatman concluded that horse manure has the best quality for the purpose. Since the manure is ideal to build with, Straatman wondered why we don’t use it in our interior, which led to the development of Manureality.

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