This research aims to explore the possibilities of utilising a biopolymer we derived from seaweed. We use a non-linear and experimental approach to explore materials and processes, with the intention of avoiding any design practices that have a negative influence on the environment.
The relationship between material and environment is a guiding factor within our design ideologies and process. Therefore, this research expresses our belief that design should be a process where locally sourced materials can be combined with local manufacturing to create value for society and the environment.
The seaweed is harvested from the coast of Pembrokeshire and it can just as easily be returned with no negative impact. There is a beauty in this concept where there no longer needs to be friction between design and the environment. Design can live holistically with the natural ecosystem, with products returned to the innate cycle of local environments.
By combining seaweed with recycled waste paper, we have created a bio-material which is 100% sustainable and adds value to the environment. The material formed from this combination is tough and durable with a texture similar to cork. It is tactile and possesses a natural warmth, with subtle smells of the sea. Different varieties of seaweed can be used to produce different colours and different characteristics.