Natures Waste

28th November 2013

With the depleting resources of certain materials we are seeing designers searching for more unique materials that are often the waste from another industry, but there is a growing interest in the use of 'Natures Waste'.

Moving from plastic made from the waste of insects, other designers are exploring the waste of other insects and gastropods.

One of my students at Textile Futures Ma is exploring the waste from nature in very surprising and exciting ways that will be debuted during their work in progress show on the 7th January and Dutch designer Lieske Schreuder is making floor tiles from coloured snail poo.

I first saw Lieske's work at Milan earlier this year, but her project has popped up on the blogs sphere again and reminded me of it.

Having noticed that snails in her garden liked eating paper she explored what would happen if she fed them different coloured paper. Setting up a 'factory' she bought hundreds of snails and fed them coloured paper which came out as coloured 'snail excrement'. Snails cant digest the pigment in the paper she feeds them resulting in a malleable material that she then forms into floor tiles through a machine that she designed.

For stylesight subscribers look out for the up and coming In The Air: Natures Waste report early next year expanding on this idea.

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