Design Materials Made from Sunflowers

The Netherlands’ Studio Thomas Vailly has succeeded in making eco-versions of polystyrene, leather, natural glue, and varnish from sunflower plants. The process uses every part of the plants including the sunflower leftovers such as stalks and leaves that are heated and pressed to produce the materials.

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  1. I don’t know much about sunflowers except that the seeds are an excellent source of nutrition. Polystyrene I think is a pretty noxious petroleum-based plastic and glue although I think it has conspicuous industrial use. That this sort of plastic could be made from plant life is a very welcome development.

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