The birth of the concept ‘environmental protection’ is not a whim, but a deep thinking on the problem of resource exhaustion. Due to the reduction of natural resources, we must regard waste as a new resource than ever before, rather than the end of product life. The construction industry, as a consumption complex of various resources, has started to try more and more environment-friendly materials.
Plastic Stone Tiles
Enis Akiev, a materials designer who grew up in Germany, focuses on consumed plastic waste .After recycling, She sorted these plastics by color. Then after high temperature processing, it is combined with natural rocks after deformation, resulted in a polymer material with rocky properties. The treated plastic presents an irregular shape, which is integrated with the stone and has a unique natural beauty. This new product can be applied in interior.
Ignorance is Bliss
“Ignorance is Bliss”是这一可持续项目的名称，旨在将饮用水处理厂和土壤修复公司这些行业所产生的金属废料重新整合为有价值的新产品。
‘Ignorance is Bliss’ is the ongoing project about reincorporating value of metal waste from industries, such as water treatment plants and soil remediation companies into new valuable products and methods.
Metals are a nonrenewable resource and metal mining affects air, water quality, and life forms. Desigrner experimented with various techniques to find the use of this waste product by conducting a broad-scale material research, which showed a great potential for the coloring properties. Metal waste comes in a shape of sludge and has to pass a process of preparation in order to use it as a pigment: drying, milling, and sieving accordingly. The collection consists of elegant porcelain tableware, woven textiles, and ceramic interior wall tiles, which are the representation of small and large-scale applications. The colors are retrieved purely by using just pigments from waste. In this project, surprisingly, the more contaminated the raw material, the more vibrant designed objects are.
Vlisco Recycled Carpets
The raw material of those carpets are leftover and rejected textile accumulated by the factory. If couldn’t find a way to treat them, these fabrics will be destroyed. With this inevitable waste, designer Simone Post cut them into thin strips, by re-processing and combination, a new carpet full of vitality is created. The shape of the carpet is inspired by the section drawing of the storage and large transportation textile rolls.
Palmleather is made by dipping the dry and brittle leave from the Arecae Betel Nut into a biological softening solution. After a few days the material turns permanently soft and flexible and shows great aesthetic quality. The material can be processed on conventional machines.
The production of traditional leather and fabric consumes a lot of water, but this leather only consumes up to 20 liters of water per square meter. The finished products can be used as carpets and wall coverings. This plant grows on a large scale in India, providing a large number of job opportunities for local women and helping them improve their social status.
This is the world’s best insulators, and lightest solid. Aerogel is referred to as ’frozen smoke’ for its cool appearance. Its insulating property is twice as much as the insulating paint currently used. Silica aerogel is composed of about 5% of silica. The rest of its component -air will make building more livable, and protect the surface of the ancient building from damaging in maintenance.
This silica aerogel comes from Empa. It has good water vapor permeability,which can prevent the invasion of mold on the wall. Its conductivity of coating is less than 30mW/mk, and the buildings protected by it are with thermal insulation layer, which can effectively reduce energy loss and save a lot of electricity and gas. It will be widely used in future construction projects as insulation materials.
Environmental protection means no waste, regeneration of waste, and energy-saving. The new environment-friendly materials in the construction industry are not only harmless to human body, but also will greatly benefit our environment and society.