Spira countertop bioreactor allows users to grow their own algae for food

Individuals could cut their greenhouse-gas emissions by replacing meals with algae grown at home using the countertop Spira device by recent design graduate Rob Russell. Spira is a photobioreactor, which means it uses light to cultivate microorganisms – in this case, spirulina, a nutrient-dense algae. Spirulina is so rich in protein, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants […]

Charlotte McCurdy creates “carbon-negative” raincoat from algae bioplastic

New York designer Charlotte McCurdy has fashioned a water-resistant jacket from a plastic made of algae, which captures existing CO2 from the atmosphere. The garment is made from a bioplastic material McCurdy developed that consists entirely of biopolymers derived from algae. “The jacket is carbon-negative because it is made of marine macro-algae that expands our […]

Native Shoes creates trainers from single piece of algae-laced foam

US brand Native Shoes has developed a sneaker that is entirely made from one continuous sheet of algae-enriched EVA in a bid to clean up the footwear industry. EVA, short for ethylene-vinyl acetate, is a flexible, rubber-like plastic often used to form the cushioning midsole of trainers or, as in the case of Crocs, even […]

Nea Studio creates lamps from dried seaweed

Curling edges detail these hanging lamps that New York designer Nina Edwards Anker has created from dried sheets of algae. Edwards Anker, who runs Brooklyn practice Nea Studio, moulded sheets of the marine plant around objects and left them to dry to create the cylindrical pendants. “We allow the raw nature of each individual sheet […]

Vollebak’s plant and algae t-shirt becomes “worm food” in 12 weeks

Tech-based clothing startup Vollebak has launched a t-shirt made entirely from wood pulp and algae, which breaks down in soil or in a composter within three months. The t-shirt itself is made from wood pulp sourced from sustainably managed forests. Vollebak sources wood from eucalyptus, beech, and spruce trees, which are chipped and pulped before […]

Hyunseok An designs a sustainable algae micro-farm for the home

Graduate designer Hyunseok An wants to highlight the role that “unappreciated” algae could play in our diets by creating an indoor micro-farm for the home. Designed to introduce algae into our everyday lives, The Coral micro farm is a wall-mounted bioreactor that aims to encourage people to use algae as a more sustainable component of […]

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