BiocraftLEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2020
Downtown Los Angeles, CA.
A COLLECTION OF PLANT-BASED MATERIALS DESIGNED TO REPLACE SYNTHETIC PLASTICS WITH CUSTOM, ECOLOGICALLY ENGAGED POLYMERS.
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Biocraft pairs biopolymer gels and digital processing to produce fully custom materials highly tailored to fit specific applications. This means that Biocraft material can be designed with the same care as the products it’s meant for.
Through the use of custom software written to precisely 3D print Biocraft gels, we can achieve virtually any pattern. The result is a library of fully custom materials from the same base gels, varying in qualities like texture, elasticity, opacity, and patterning. Natural pigments also allow for vibrant colors not commonly seen in biopolymer materials.
Biocraft material is derived from plant matter and is biodegradable and compostable – this material breaks down naturally and easily without the excess energy or resources required to dispose of synthetics or even traditional bioplastics.
This material is also unique for its ability to dynamically interact with its surroundings and with us. Through carbon sequestration, Biocraft material scrubs the air of harmful greenhouse gasses, a process which occurs within the biopolymer gel itself. The biopolymer gels bind carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds, meaning that anything made from Biocraft material can clean the air and act as a natural air filter.
The lifecycle of Biocraft’s carbon adsorbing material is designed to mimic the natural carbon cycle of our planet. Once it’s saturated, the material is composted and CO2 that has been collected from the air is transferred into the soil where it is stored, improving soil quality and health. Using a similar process, vitamins and nutrients can be mixed into Biocraft material, enriching the soil as the biopolymer breaks down.
Biocraft material was used to make:
︎︎︎ Carbon Stool
︎︎︎ Bio Tiles
︎︎︎ Tree Pods