One of my favourite resources for new materials is Materia. They have a host of new products and concepts. I recently found a host of examples of biodegradable products that originated from food sources suitable for vegans. The vegan food world is over following with alternatives animal-derived products and I found the correlation between this and the vegan product world intriguing. In following posts, I'm going to give examples of how a single 'plant-based' material can be extremely versatile and used for a variety of different alternatives.
flaxseed & linseed
Don't panic - I'm not going to speak about the Flax Chair again, I have at least two blog posts on that favourite of mine, to skip back to learn more.
Flaxseeds were thought to be cultivated in Babylon as early as 3000BC(WebMD, n.d.) filled with omega-3 essential fatty acids, lignans and fibre (not that many vegans are lacking in that). Most vegans will have either flaxseeds or walnuts because of the omega-3s that are often found in non-suitable sources such as fish. The 'flaxseed-egg' is also a favourite amongst vegan bakers as it substitutes as the binding agent. Flax oil can also be found in plenty of cosmetic products, most notably, hair oil.
flax oil paint
'Flax oil paint or Linseed oil paint are paints with a linseed oil binder pressed from the plant’s seeds. Because this type of paint is made from renewable and often mineral resources, it is biodegradable and therefore fits into the ecological cycle.' (Materia, 2015)
Pros: 'The manufacturing of flax or linseed oil paint by contrast is a sustainable process, from raw material to finished product. The drying process occurs by the absorption of oxygen (oxidative drying). Compared to synthetic enamels this process is slower, but this paint does have a strong penetrating and adhesiveness effect. This creates a good anchoring on new and existing surfaces.' (Materia, 2015)
Cons: 'Synthetic paint is oil based. It is not biodegradable and the production process requires considerable amounts of raw materials and energy. Furthermore, the production process results in considerable chemical waste...The surface can sometimes still be a bit stiff and sticky feel, but this is normal.' (Materia, 2015)
WebMD. (n.d.). The Benefits of Flaxseed. [online] Available at: http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/benefits-of-flaxseed#1 [Accessed 14 Feb. 2017].
Materia. (2015). Flax Oil Paint • Materia. [online] Available at: https://materia.nl/material/flax-oil-paint/ [Accessed 14 Feb. 2017].
http://prontoavenue.biz/, P. (n.d.). Melrose Health | Melrose Organic Flaxseed Oil 500ml. [online] Melrosehealth.com.au. Available at: https://www.melrosehealth.com.au/products/FSO%20004 [Accessed 14 Feb. 2017].
Higgins, P. (2017). Milled Organic Flaxseed | Buy Milled Organic Flaxseed From Linwoods. [online] United Kingdom. Available at: https://linwoodshealthfoods.com/uk/product/milled-organic-flaxseed/ [Accessed 14 Feb. 2017].
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