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Category Archives: lifecycle topics

What can you do with mushroom materials?

What can you do with mushroom materials?

Ecovative is a biomaterials company making its name in mushrooms — their material is grown, not manufactured. I feel myself wanting to add: shaken, not stirred…or stir fried! Ecovative’s “grow factories” produce mushroom mycelium, a natural, self-assembling glue. The mushrooms digest crop waste “to produce cost-competitive and environmentally responsible materials that perform.” The company isContinue Reading

Can I clean sweet potatoes in this washing machine?

Happy New Year! Let’s launch the year with a post that threads together some of the topics we’ve been looking at — big, smart, and open data alongside multifunctionality. This is the story of Chinese appliance maker Haier. The company used “small data” obtained from its service engineers to find out that many rural clothesContinue Reading

Can you ever have too many sustainable design tools?

The answer is…No! I’m sure you’ll agree that since the field is continually evolving, new tools capture the emerging thinking. Even though many of the basics stay the same, new tools keep it fresh and interesting. This week we look at the Sustainable Design Compass introduced this week by my colleague Chris Sherwin at UK designContinue Reading



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