L E X U S D E S I G N A W A R D S WATCH Experience some of the captivating designs at the 2016 LDA under the theme ‘An encounter with anticipation’. Goods are usually shipped wrapped in plastic materials that, once removed, become waste or are collected for recycling. Considering the raw materials and energy required for processing, this situation is undesirable. Anticipating effective and sustainable use of natural resources has become more and more indispensable. Believing that biodegradable substitutes to plastics are needed, the trio used this opportunity to tackle a problem that is seemingly being ignored. Agar can be extracted by boiling specific kinds of red algae and then dehydrating the soup it forms. Its resultant state depends on the dehydration methods and the types of red algae used. For a soft cushioning structure, it’s frozen; for a stiff, film-like state, it’s compressed. Because agar is also mouldable, it was proposed not only as a cushioning material, but also as a packaging material. After use, agar-based products can be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way. It can serve as a material to improve the water-retention property of soil. Should it drift in the sea, it would not harm marine life.
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