Designers resort to environmentally friendly materials

Designers are increasingly using different types of materials to produce products that do not harm the environment.

Recycled plastic bottles, wood, plant fibers and even seagrass are used in place of traditional materials for household items and clothing.

Unusual materials

Nina Edwards denied sconces And chandeliers They look like old pieces of paper placed around electronic lights known as LEDs.

But a closer look shows that it is made of algae.

Anker came up with the idea while working on a file Ph.D Research project at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design.

Anker chose not to hide the dried algae. “From the very beginning, we wanted to keep it integrity of the material and its presentation Unique He said deny.

She is one of many designers who are considering traditional materials. She wants to find ways to mix design ideas with production and supply methods that don’t consume resources.

This mix of photos posted by studio NEA shows candlesticks made from dried moss by designer Nina Edwards Ankers. (NEA Studio via AP)

Exhibition of new materials in Germany

Heimtextil is an international trade fair, or fair, for the new Textiles in Frankfurt, Germany. This year’s fair focused on creating new products that come from reused materials.

Olaf Schmidt is Vice President of Heimtextil Textiles and Textile Technology.

“We will see companies demonstrating how to reuse inorganic materials such as nylon, plastics and metals – for example, carpet tiles that can be recycled disassembled By the end of their lives, they were used as raw materials for new tiles.

He added, “And there are seaweeds that are used in production acoustic mats And the plates they serve are awesome insulation, is fire resistant and regulates moisture well… At the end of its life, the boards can be shredded and reused. “

fashion Industry expert Veronica Lebar described the most important change in the field – the transition to sustainability. She said, “The industry is trying to reduce its ‘impact’ on the environment and is no longer the biggest polluter.

Many companies use other materials

Patagonia, North Face, and Timberland are among the companies now using natural materials to produce goods.

Italian company Frumat has developed vegan leather made from waste from cider makers.

Two Mexican developers, Adrian Lopez Velarde and Marte Cazarez, have created a skin they call “Desserto” using nopal cactus leaves. Aloe vera plants are of interest to new material developers because they can survive in hot climates and poor soils.

Pinatex helps support farms in the Philippines by using waste from the pineapple crop to create materials that are sold to makers of shoes, clothing, and other products.

And Bolt Thread, a California-based company, created Mylo, a Pie-Leather based used by companies like Adidas, Lululemon and designer Stella McCartney.

I’m John Russell.

Kim Cook reported this story to the Associated Press. John Russell has adapted it for VOA Learning English.

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words in this story

menorah – n. Something attached to a wall that holds a candle or electric light

chandelier – n. A large decorative light hanging from the ceiling has branches to hold many lamps or candles

Ph.D -din. Relates to the highest degree awarded by the university

integrity – n. full or complete status

Unique He used to say that something or someone is unlike anything or anyone else

Textile – n. Woven or knit material

dismantling -Fifth. To disassemble something or break something

My voice Or related to sound or the sense of hearing

mat – n. A small piece of material used to cover the ground or ground

fashion -n. Related to the industry of making things that people wear

insulation – n. A substance or substance that is used to prevent heat, electricity, or sound from entering or leaving something: a substance that insulates something

Pie – n. A group of fungal hyphae

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