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Chair Made Of Artichoke Pulp Could Be The Future Of Sustainable Design [Pics]

Chair Made Of Artichoke Pulp Could Be The Future Of Sustainable Design [Pics]
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A furniture collection made with materials native to Greece, offers a way to rebuild the economy through innovative production techniques.

Daniela Walker
  • 25 november 2013

Spyros Kizis‘s artichoke thistle chair is both a statement on the world’s oil/plastic production crisis as well as a proof of the possible opportunities to create a new sector of business for a lagging Greek economy.

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Kizis made the Eames-style chair out of artichoke thistle and a biological resin produced from cooking oil waste. The new bioplastic material provides an alternative to traditional plastics, which will become increasingly hard to come by as the world’s oil production slows down. Says Kizis:

Manufacturers have come to depend on oil derived plastics to produce many consumer products. Global Peak Oil is predicted to occur sometime between now and 2020. With the subsequent decline in oil production, increase in demand for oil and increase in cost of oil, not to mention the environmental concerns associated with oil derived plastics, shouldn’t we be exploring more alternatives?

Not only does the thistle-based bioplastic offer an ecological friendly solution — it is 100% biodegradable and can be used as a biofuel — it also provides an alternative crop for Greek farmers to grow and encourage. The artichoke thistle grows easily in the Mediterranean climate and requires little care, and could be a viable means to reinvigroate the Greek economy by creating a supply of biofuel.

See the Artichoke Thistle chair below:

Spyros Kizis

Source: The Method Case

Images: Spyros Kizis

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