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New material gluten plastic used in sculpture at the Garden of Rosendal

Published 05/07/2013
The visionary project Vaults of Pulp, architecture for horticulture, used the new material gluten plastic to explore new opportunities to use renewable materials in the cultivation, processing and consumption of biodynamic vegetables.

Gluten plastic at the Garden of Rosendal
Gluten plastic at the Garden of Rosendal

The new material is developed by Innventia and it is made from wheat gluten, which is a by-product of starch production. The material is completely organic, 100 percent biodegradable and can be used to make renewable plastic such as barrier films.

At the Garden of Rosendal there is a sculpture made from gluten plastics with a surrounding garden developed by architecture students from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok with teacher Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg in cooperation with the gardener and restaurateur from Rosendal and researcher Mikael Gällstedt from Innventia.

- This kind of projects is important to us as it demonstrates the potential of the new materials. It shows the strength of the material, how it looks and how it can be used and modified. This type of knowledge is of great benefit when we use the material in our applications in packaging, says Mikael.

The project has been going on for three weeks in June and began with an introduction of organic farming, processing and gastronomy of gardener Niklas Karlsson at Rosendal. The participants have completed short training periods in order to gain a deep understanding of biodynamic farming philosophy at the Garden of Rosendal.

Please visit the Garden of Rosendal and see how the sculpture changes and decomposes over time!

The project is a collaboration between Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, Innventia and the Garden of Rosendal.