Waste-based Material Exploration

2017 – 2018

Utilizing waste found in everyday life and transforming them into new materials.

Bio-composite 1.3 (Starch-bind Chipboard)

tapioca starch, potato starch, cornstarch mixed with sawdust found in MICA wood shop

Material Characteristics: 
  • bio-degradable
  • rigid
  • water-resistant
  • machinable
  • laser-cut 

Bio-composite 1.4 (Starch Concrete)

potato starch, cornstarch mixed with sand, salt, threads, ground orange peels

  • bio-degradable
  • rigid
  • water-resistant
Material Characteristics: 

Bio-composite 1.5 (Mycelium)

mushroom roots, organic waste: pecan husks, garlic peels, magnolia, tree bark, straw

  • bio-degradable
  • fire-resistant
  • water-resistant​​
Material Characteristics: 

Recycled Plastic Bags

melted and pressed plastic bags

  • rigid
  • thermoplastic
  • water-resistant
  • machinable
Material Characteristics: 

Continuing experiments: Banana plastic + Paper board

Pulped banana peels; pulped paper mixed with cornstarch

  • biodegradable
  • rigid​
Material Characteristics: 
  • biodegradable
  • rigid​
  • machinable
Material Characteristics: 

Paper Board

Starch-bind Chip Board

Starch Concrete

Thread Board

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