Are thistle fibers the new bioplastic?
A student at the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland has developed a new material with thistle fibers that can be an alternative to plastic by combining the fibers of agricultural waste with a new biological resin produced mainly from used cooking oil .
The bioplastic resulting from this union is 100% biodegradable and can even be used as biofuel, says Spyros Kizis, student responsible for the new product.
Spyros has focused on a raw material that exists in Greece, its country of origin, to create a more sustainable alternative to plastic.
The designer’s goal is to create pieces by exploiting raw materials, challenging not only the materials and processes used to create products and furniture but also the systems behind these materials and processes – from material extraction and product manufacturing Distribution and disposal.
At the same time, the designer advances, this is a way to revive a part of the Greek economy – linked to the handicraft – that is dormant. And that in addition to being sustainable, can help develop trade in local products.