Trends 2020/2021: top 7 new sustainable materials and technologies

Now, when a new product is being developed or a building is being designed, first of all, their intensity of influence on our land is taken into account. Industrialists have all the tools to measure this impact, and many companies are embarking on a path of research that promises to revolutionize the way we think about materials, manufacturing and design.

Bioplastic 3D printed floors

The Dutch company Actual has presented a new technology for creating floor coverings. To create her product, huge robotic 3D printers are used, as well as bioplastics from plants.  The floors can be adapted to any room shape and size, and can be decorated with a variety of patterns, from factory-designed to those suggested by the user. This is a great example of how sustainability also means being creative.

Dishes made from food waste

Japanese designer Kosice Araki has created a series of cookware and utensils based on materials created from ordinary food waste. This series, called the Anima Collection, was created to encourage people to think about their own consumption habits. All products are made from charred vegetable waste mixed with animal glue and processed with urushiol, a traditional Japanese varnish historically closely associated with kitchenware and food.

Inflatable metal with Fidus technology

The Polish company Zita has developed a revolutionary technology called Fidus. This process allows for the creation of innovative, bionic shapes and objects that can then be completely recyclable. It uses mass production and special molding techniques. For example, a chair made of hydroformed metal.  The object is filled with liquid under pressure, after which the legs of the chair take on their “inflated” shape. Currently, Zita is trying to implement this technology in architecture: it can be used to create façade elements and in industry where ultralight structures are used.

Algae glass

Dutch studio Klarenbeek & Dross transforms live algae into bioplastics suitable for 3D printing. This research has resulted in an elegant 3D printed collection of bowls and vases. The designers believe their new algae polymer can be used to make containers from cosmetic bottles to glassware. And he, in the end, is quite capable of replacing plastic derived from oil. The dream of the designers from this studio is to create a local network of biopolymer 3D printers, a kind of “3D bakery” where people can “bake” organic raw materials like fresh bread.

Mesh concrete panels

French concrete roofing company Bultong unveiled concrete panels, which are created by pressing a cast substance between two dies of extruded cell molds, thus creating a structure consisting of two mesh structures. The panels are suitable for use in architecture, exterior and interior decoration. The holes can be filled with concrete, glass or left unfilled, depending on the specific requirements. Due to its 3D structure, flat panels use 80% less concrete compared to solid concrete panels with the same resistance. When used as green walls, these panels can help cope with dramatic (and, according to scientists, harmful) declines in urban insects.

The designers have created Stone Web, a series of diverse basalt modules.  The modules are very light and durable: they can also be used to create furniture. They can also be used in the metropolis: they are suitable for creating large spatial structures or urban furniture, since they are easily scalable and optimize production.

Indigo acoustic panels

The product making it into the leading reviews of new technology materials is the Indigo acoustic panels by German Studio Flare. tic panels are based on Taiwanese heritage. The designers studied local traditions and customs associated with sound-absorbing spatial structures. And they proposed to make panels from completely organic banana and mulberry fibers, which were dyed with natural indigo extract and framed with curved bamboo. To create a biological closed loop, all materials are processed as non-toxic and biodegradable.

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