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20 Eco-Friendly Material Alternatives

From Fungus-Created Leather to Sunflower-Based Bio Materials

— April 11, 2019 — Eco
As sustainability is gaining traction and establishing itself as a defining point of a business, the search for material alternatives to harmful, unrecyclable resources has never been so focused.

Many of the innovations in this category are geared toward minimizing the carbon footprint of manufacturing companies that offer CPG products. For example, while Elena Amato utilizes bacterial cellulose sheets to provide eco-conscious packaging for cosmetic products, Roza Janusz taps scoby to produce fully edible food packaging.

Another focus of the development of eco material alternatives is within the architecture industry which boasts biodegradable construction resources and lightweight metallic wood, as well as within the fashion environment where designers are experimenting with mind-boggling concepts that embrace mycelium — the vegetative part of a fungus, as well as Amazonian fish skin.
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Energy-Generating Concrete Facades
Energy-Generating Concrete Facades
LafargeHolcim and Heliatek Prototype Photovoltaic Cladding
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Compostable Seaweed Sauce Sachets
Compostable Seaweed Sauce Sachets
Just Eat UK Launched Eco Packaging to Reduce Plastic Waste
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Wool Resin Surfboards
Wool Resin Surfboards
The WoolLight Surfboard Uses a More Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Material
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Sunflower-Based Bio Materials
Sunflower-Based Bio Materials
Thomas Vailly Explores the Uses of Crops in Product Development
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Sustainable Palm Leather Rugs
Sustainable Palm Leather Rugs
Tjeerd Veenhoven's Chic Handmade Rugs Boast a Cruelty-Free Material
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Fungus-Created Leather
Fungus-Created Leather
Bolt Threads is Using Fungal Root Structures to Make New Materials
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Mushroom Mycelium-Made Lighting Fixtures
Mushroom Mycelium-Made Lighting Fixtures
Nir Meiri's Collections Boasts Mushroom Table Lamps
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Reusable Beeswax Wraps
Reusable Beeswax Wraps
Rainbow Bee Design Features a Handmade, Eco-Friendly Packaging Solution
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Innovative Metallic Wood Materials
Innovative Metallic Wood Materials
University of Pennsylvania Engineers' Material is Light & Hefty
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Vegan Linoleum Leathers
Vegan Linoleum Leathers
Lino Leather Presents an Alternative to the Popular Animal-Based Material
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Textile-Based Sustainable Construction Materials
Textile-Based Sustainable Construction Materials
Bastian Beyer Revolutionizes Building Resources
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Vegetation-Based Textile Experiments
Vegetation-Based Textile Experiments
Aniela Hoitink Used Mycelium to Create The Neffa Dress
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Biodegradable Construction Materials
Biodegradable Construction Materials
'Finite' is Made Out of Desert Sand and is Eco-Friendly
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Amazonian Fish Skin Fabrics
Amazonian Fish Skin Fabrics
Oskar Metsavaht's Scaly Garments are an Alternative to Leather
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Naturally Fermented Containers
Naturally Fermented Containers
'From Peel to Peel' Offers a Solution to Non-Degradable Plastics
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Bacterial Sustainable Cosmetic Packaging
Bacterial Sustainable Cosmetic Packaging
Elena Amato Produces a Functional Packaging Alternative
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Upcycled Polystyrene Furniture
Upcycled Polystyrene Furniture
Designer Andreu Carulla Partners with a Zero-Waste Restaurant
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Innovative Sustainable Packaging Materials
Innovative Sustainable Packaging Materials
Don Kwaning Finds Creative Uses for Wetland Weed
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Fully Edible Food Packaging
Fully Edible Food Packaging
Roza Janusz Uses Scoby as an Alternative to Plastic Take-Out Boxes
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Zero Waste Food Packaging
Zero Waste Food Packaging
Evoware's Biodegradable and Edible Packaging is Made Out of Seaweed
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