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(Archive) Japanese Knotweed Project

Transforming an invasive plant into biomaterials.

This project was part of DDW 2020
Deconstructing the plant into ingredients.

This project aims to transform a problematic plant into opportunities by using design as a tool to turn something negative into positive. Through an investigative process of its parts and reuse of its disposal, the plant can be a precious local source of raw material for a range of industries.

Japanese Knotweed (Reynoutria japonica) is a non-native plant in the UK classed as an invasive species due to its ability to spread easily creating a hostile environment. It is considered a controlled waste, so after its removal, it must be taken to a lic

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Bioplastic leftovers used as a coating for glass.

Plant residues transformed into bioplastics.

Non-woven and lace fabrics made from the stems.

Sequins made out of leaves.