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Why we need to avoid using Volatile Organic Compounds; the what and alternatives
by: Mirjam Visser, 2012-05-03 17:11:12 UTC
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects like causing respiratory problems, some are found to increase …
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Lead free solder comparison
by: Mirjam Visser, 2012-04-25 07:04:31 UTC
The USA Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well the IKP, University of Stuttgart, have performed a life-cycle assessment (LCA) of the environmental impacts of lead-free and tin-lead solder, as used in electronic products. For bar solders, when only …
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EcoGen; biodegradable starch based polymer
by: Mirjam Visser, 2012-04-05 06:23:03 UTC
EcoGen is the product of a worldwide team of scientists, engineers and designers. First developed by British scientists in the late 1980s, recent patented improvements in fermentation technology by Dr. Xeujun Chen allow for the cost-effective production …
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Ecocradle; Mushrooms as alternative to Styrofoam
by: Mirjam Visser, 2012-03-17 20:54:16 UTC
The styrofoam that is usually used in packaging is basically solidified oil — not so good for the environment. Ecocradle, by contrast, takes hardly any energy to make. It starts as agricultural byproducts — rice hulls and cotton burrs, for example. These …
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Biodegradable and compostable stretch wool upholstery fabric
by: Mirjam Visser, 2012-02-17 08:45:43 UTC
Climatex® Lifecycle™ is an entirely biodegradable and compostable upholstery fabric, manufactured using waste-minimising processes. Technical requirements for the manufacturing of industrial products, such as office seating get steeper by every year. A …
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Vegetable Ivory
by: Mirjam Visser, 2012-02-01 07:25:24 UTC
Ivory palm tree nuts is a beautiful renewable material for jewelry and smaller details like button and knobs and the like. The hard inner core resembles ivory. Over its life the ivory-palm tree drops hundreds of seeds to the ground Ivory palm tree grows …
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Easy being green Leather
by: Mirjam Visser, 2012-01-17 07:49:04 UTC
The hides of the ‘Easy Being Green’ collection are produced in a sustainable way and are safe for the environment and human health. The main difference lies in the fact that after tanning the leathers remain unsealed; the surface remains natural and open …
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Wool felt sound absorbing walls
by: Mirjam Visser, 2012-01-14 08:37:43 UTC
Anne Kyrro Quinn and her studio make bespoke wall coverings from felt. Because of their 3D character they are functioning as sound absorbers. But most of all they are gorgeous! Light plays with the structure. The main material, felt, absorbs sound and …
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Flooring made of furniture scrap
by: Mirjam Visser, 2012-01-02 18:50:10 UTC
Although bamboo in itself is self sustaining, in can grow meters in a year and after cutting it off it continues to grow. Bamboo is however not necessarily the material with the lowest eco-cost. The market for bamboo is for instance in Europe but if production …
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Foldable sheetmaterial
by: Mirjam Visser, 2011-12-11 17:22:57 UTC
foldtex consists of at least two layers, one is flexible, the other is stiff. When an incision is made in the stiff layer, the flexible layer below is exposed and a folding hinge of any preferred length is created. A variety of materials can be used as …

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