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 material is designed to improve air quality and our health.
Pairing biopolymer gel and digital processing to produce fully custom material, highly tailored to fit specific applications, Biocraft material can be designed with the same care as the products it’s meant for.This is possible through the use of software we wrote to precisely 3D print Biocraft gels. We can achieve virtually any pattern and natural pigments allow for vibrant colors. The result is a library of fully custom materials from the same base gels, varying in qualities like texture, elasticity, opacity, and patterning.
Biocraft material is derived from plant matter and is biodegradable and compostable – these materials break down naturally and easily without the excess energy or resources required to dispose of synthetics or even common bioplastics.
This material is also unique for its ability to dynamically interact with our surroundings, and with us. Carbon sequestration occurs within the biopolymer gel, where intermolecular attraction ‘magnetically’ binds carbon dioxide and VOC’s, scrubbing the air of these harmful greenhouse gasses. This means that anything made from Biocraft material can clean the air.
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 naturally, improving soil quality and health. Using a similar process, vitamins and nutrients can be mixed into Biocraft material, allowing them to be released when the biopolymer is exposed to moisture or as it breaks down.
Biocraft material was used to make:
︎︎︎ Carbon Stool
︎︎︎ Bio Tiles