Sustainable materials for architecture and design

4th evening event in the series of events "Materials Shape Product"

14 April 2011 · 17:00–20:00

Location: formvielfalt GmbH (Albert-Einstein-Str. 1, 64823 Groß-Umstadt)
Organizer: Action line Hessen-Nanotech of the Hessian Ministry of Economics
Partners: VDID, Hessen Design, Frankfurt Trade Fair
Program development: Haute Innovation – Agentur für Material und Technologie
Presentation: Dr. Sascha Peters

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In the fourth evening of the event series “Materials shape Product” of the action line Hessen-Nanotech of the Hessian Ministry of Economics, it’s about the current dominant theme of material and product development, the issue of sustainability. We are close to a major turning point of our material culture, which we owe mainly to petrochemical production processes.

Natural and bio-based materials and production processes for new product developments and more importantly, the thinking in material cycles has reached the consumer. The presentations are based on new bio plastics grass cellulose and castor oil in equal terms of textiles from the bark of a fig tree or tanning of leather for processing of olive residues. Prof. Richard Meier will present Neptune`s balls, seaweed fibres from the beaches of Sicily and Tunisia, which have high thermal insulation and natural flame retardancy. Looking forward to discussions on a new material culture.


“Organic and natural materials for interior architecture and design”, Oliver Heintz (BARK CLOTH), Dr. Sascha Peters (HAUTE INNOVATION)

“Natural materials in the marketing chain between product development and design”, Dr. Joachim Leluschko (Evonik Degussa GmbH)

“Cellulosic plastics with green bio refinery from the Odenwald”, Klaus-Peter Bollin (Biowert GmbH)

“Wet-green – Olive residues for the production of new low-polluting leather products”, Jens Zotzel (N-Zyme BioTec GmbH)

“Neptune’s Balls: Natural fire protection with high thermal insulation”, Prof. Richard Meier (Neptutherm GmbH)

image: Textile-reinforced plastic with bark cloth (source: Barkcloth Europe)