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#Algae may be the solution to one of the world's biggest #pollution problems.

#Algae may be the solution to one of the world's biggest #pollution problems.

Three Japanese designers walk into a supermarket—and no, this isn’t the beginning of a joke—to find themselves stopped at an item they had walked by many times before. The product that caused pause is agar, a seaweed-derived food product frequently eaten in Japan and also used in the scientific and medical fields worldwide. The three designers, Kosuke Araki , Noriaki Maetani , and Akira Muraoka , “were attracted by its material quality.” Agar has a porous, feathery structure and is very light despite its volume, which makes it an interesting option for a plastic alternative. Kosuke Araki, Noriaki Maetani, and Akira Muraoka make up AMAM and studied together at the Product Design Department at Tama Art University. PHOTO: COURTESY OF LEXUS INTERNATIONAL According to Muraoka, he and his friends had long been concerned about the energy used to produce packaging materials as wel...

Full article: http://gbdmagazine.com/2016/material-world-amam-for-agar-...

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