These organic materials processed in buildings

Materials extracted from plants are increasingly replacing polluting raw materials. We see architectural projects emerging from the ground, such as this village built from the recycling of cocoa bean husks, but also… vegetable peelings, grape skins or flax, which find surprising and sustainable outlets.

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Bridge, house, canopies… What if we had the? materials raw materials and polluting with more sustainable materials? This is the idea of ​​several projects carried out in recent years in different cities around the world, each as surprising as the other.

The linen textile fiber for this bridge

April 22, the date of the Earth Day, the inauguration of a new type of bridge near Amsterdam has been discussed. Its peculiarity? Not concrete, but a construction entirely of fiberglass. linen and bioresin. By sensors are installed on the buildto assess the strength of the bridge over time, especially its ability to withstand inclement weather and feeling† Behind this innovative project, the Normandy company Eco Techni Linendirected by Thibault Roumier.

Widely used in the textile industry, as well as in the automotive and sports industries, linen has the great advantage of consuming much less and growing in autonomy in many regions, both in Normandy and in the Netherlands. A material which can therefore have a future in the sector of build

Potato peelings for your next glass

Always with a view to opting for more ecological and sustainable materials, others get their sources of inspiration from plants. When we’re no longer surprised to put on shoes made of apple leather or cowhide grapeknow that one day you may come across a piece of furniture or a frame of peelings…or potatoes

It is the original idea of ​​two English graphic design students who came up with a coating for furniture whose panel is completely designed from of peeling of potatoes. The aim is to provide a more ecological alternative to medium density fiberboard while limiting food waste. An end-of-year project launched in 2019, which finally became a real company and spawned the range potato chips[s] plate, still on the market to this day. In addition to coatings for furniture, the company now offers spectacle frames made from potato peelings, as well as a range of bioplastics transparent pure or reinforced with fibers for fashion and interior decoration.

3D printer and cocoa shells for this ecovillage

It is this year that the work is intended to give life to the Cocoa Eco Village should start. Located northwest of theEcuadorin the city of Pedernales, where the greatest cultures of cacao of the land, this ecovillage project was designed by thearchitect Italian Valentino Gareri, who imagined buildings designed with cocoa fibers recycled from a 3D printer. Cocoa Eco Village is presented as “ the first in a global network of sustainable and smart villages, a neutral destination in carbon and an innovation center forcircular economy

A functional, modular and sustainable design for the Cacao Eco Village, CO2 neutral, which aims to be an innovation center for the circular economy in the cocoa industry. © MUZE Chocolate TV

The project, which was carried out in collaboration with the chocolatier Muze and the Avanti association, plans to install a cocoa processing plant to ” design new ethical, highly traceable, cocoa-based products that offset the environmental footprint “. Entirely ecologically designed, the future houses of the eco-village will also have a roof intended to recover rainwateras well as a ventilation naturally.

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