Biodegradable Furniture Made From Pine Needles Could Be The Next Phase Of Sustainable Living
Premiering at Dutch Design Week 2016, the collection fully utilizes an often wasted material
Eindohoven-based Latvia designer Tamara Orjola created a series of biodegradable furniture and textiles from wool made only using pine needles. Whereas pine trees are among the most commercially consumable species of timber, there lacks a real-world application of their needles.
Seeking to make practical use of needle fiber, Orjola designed Forest Wool, a collection of rugs, stools and benches that offer an eco-friendly alternative to more synthetic materials with heavier carbon footprints.
The fiber was created “with standard manufacturing techniques—crushing, soaking, steaming, carding, binding and pressing.” This extracting process also draws out essential oils and dyes. Orjola evolved pine into furniture, but we could see a multitude of products develop from pine needles.