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Extreme Green Designs

The global move towards sustainability has instigated a burst of creativity and innovation amongst all sectors of design. Whether you seek an efficient alternative to conventional transport or wish to port around humanely crafted fashions, chances are, you’ll be presented with at least a handful options that were invented with the merits of sustainability in mind. Thus, the idea of a green market may not be new to you. There are within each branch of design, however, notable exceptions that boarder on the bizarre.



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Bacteria Clothing

Biocouture is a UK based design consultant agency, who specializes in merging science with the arts to create bio-materials. One of their most striking endeavors has been the production of garments from bacteria.

To create the textile bio-material, a mother bacteria culture is submersed, with yeast, in a sweetened green tea solution. The interaction results in fermentation, which creates a sheet of bacteria at the solution’s surface. In its raw form, this tissue-thin sheet appears discerningly like human skin. Upon its conversion into a garment, however, the feel and look of the material is akin to a vegetable leather.


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Other Biocouture projects include mushroom baseball caps and skateboards made from carrots. The latter having already been achieved.


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Biodegradable Seating

Terra Stools, designed by Adital Elas, are tiny, dome-shaped seats made from compressed earth and agricultural waste. They can be made almost anywhere using local organic matter. Due to their source materials, the stools are 100% organic and biodegradable.

Elas, a self-proclaimed “designer gatherer”, was inspired by soil surfaces, which are a traditional furniture formed as extentions of a structure’s walls and floors. Instead opting for seating that could stand alone, Elas created Terra Stools, merging modern design with ancient technologies.


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Floating City

With his Lilypad project, Vincent Caullebaut aspires to create a fully functioning, amphibian city.

As ocean levels are expected to increase, the floating structure will serve as a biologically diverse haven for climate refugees, with an occupancy rate of up to 50,000 residents. Its central lagoon offers a habitat where fauna and flora may flourish amongst an assortment of urban amenities that stretch the organically outlined streets and alleyways. The lagoon also serves to purify the water supply. Overlooking the central bustle are 3 mountains, which along with the 3 built-in marinas provide entertainment. The ecopolis is self-sufficient in fulfilling the requirements for climate, biodiversity, water, and health.

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