New Material Award 2018 for Algae Lab Luma

Atelier Luma in Arles (France) recently won the New Material Award for a project which develops algae based biopolymers to replace synthetic and fossil oil based plastics and absorb CO2 through production.

Researching new values for local wetlands as incubators for locally grown bio-materials, the project explores the potential of growing micro- and macro-algae locally. These algae are then mixed with biopolymers that can replace non-biodegradable, fossil oil-based plastics and simultaneously absorb carbon dioxide emissions. Currently, the bio-laboratory is working on a series of objects related to the region’s culture and history. Once produced, they should serve the needs of Luma’s activities and visitors , who will be able to experience the circular production chain from raw material to final product. More information on the project here.

This innovative project was made possible thanks to MAVA funding.

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