Could this material derived from seaweed replace plastic?

[Japan] Most of us are aware that our plastic use has a huge impact on the environment, but other than trying to choose lesser-evil products with less packaging at the supermarket, there is little we can do except feel guilty.

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A group of designers from Japan called AMAM (Kosuke Araki, Noriaki Maetani and Akira Muraoka), however, envision a future where the use of plastic packaging can co-exist with healthy oceans and less trash in landfills, and have developed Agar Plastic, a product derived from seaweed agar that can replace plastic film and foam packaging.

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Agar Plasticity has already captured the imagination of Lexus, which has bestowed it with the 2016 Design Award, but more research is required to make it truly competitive with fossil fuel-based plastics.

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AMAM is looking for collaborators and researchers to help further its research into this natural miracle material. Their work, along with the other 12 Lexus Design Award finalists, was on view in Milan in the Spazio Lexus until April 17.

 

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