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Earthwood

Earthwood integrates sustainable construction technology with traditional building design methods. The architectural composition comprises four main principles of sustainability, i.e. the Fertile Ground, the Green Canopy, the Earth Wall and the Wood House. The use of renewable energy sources and natural recyclable materials including structural cross laminated timber and stabilized rammed earth, creates a unique architectural experience by reducing the ecological footprint as well as ensuring an enduring positive impact on communities and on the environment.

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Growing Rescued

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POC

POC: is a new seegras-based food packaging material which was designed to extend the durability of food, reduce foodwaste and reduce plastic packaging waste. The material is made from sea grass fiber and a binder from the extract of the fiber. Due to the antibacterial properties of the sea grass, a bio-composite can be produced, which is not only easily integrated into the industrial process, but also makes food longer lasting and the packaging completely biodegradable.

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Samsara

Using meaningless materials to form well designed objects, Samsara bridges the gap from passive products to meaningful discussions. Samsara began as an idea to create subtle awareness about the wildlife of the world and the issues they face. Through its unique material use of large herbivore poop and mushroom mycelium, paired with a welcoming, organic form, Samsara invites users and observers to engage with this planter and its story. This unobtrusive approach makes individuals more willing to participate and be inspired to make a difference.

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Hanji

Shape of Nature is an upcycled fabric plant pot, whose main material is Hanji. Hanji, a new upcycled material created by Hanji Design Team, contains about 60% recycled fabric and wool. By applying Hanji on plant pots, they can absorb surplus water on the bottom, which prevents from breeding mosquitos. After growing plants for three months, there was no mold found on the surface of plant pots and the plants grew well. Moreover, because Hanji has many capillaries, the roots of plants can get enough air and can grow through of it, so the plant pots do not need to be removed when transplanting.

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Lifi

LIFI is an active ecological packaging with herb seeds. The package itself is made out of processed fallen tree leaves, collected in the forests of Lithuania. The hand made package is filled with seeds and a cover is formed. When a user opens and waters the product, packaging starts to dissolve and helps the plant to grow. This product is an alternative to the in-store found herbs, which are often plastic packaged. It can be reused many times or just thrown away. A graphic representation of herb is used on the labels combined with the hand written fonts to create a personalized feeling.

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