Hair Glasses and other innovative sustainable products
If you've been following my posts, you'll know that a few weeks ago I did something on innovative products made out of fused fish scales, including some very cool glasses frames. I just came across another line of sustainable eyewear made out of human hair and felt inspired to share it with you too.
The collection was designed by Studio Swine, a small-scale socially responsible, eco-friendly design company founded by Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves from the UK. According to them, the UK beauty industry alone generates 15 million pounds worth of human hair per year (yuk) and the waste hair is actually a viable, renewable material. The sustainable glasses are crafted from human hair bound together with bioresin. The frames are 100% biodegradable and no harmful substances are released during production.
Looking at the product photos, you would never even know but I think the hair has quite a cool aesthetic effect. The glasses designs are funky too.
The company is also developing other interesting wearable or usable objects and installations such as the novel Pig Truck below. The concept is a modern day urban food stall that serves pigs head in a traditional land oven, the ancient method of cooking used in many native cultures throughout the world. Land ovens are traditionally pits in the ground filled with hot rocks lined with banana leaves that trap heat and bake, smoke or steam food. Salted pigs are placed inside and covered with banana leaves. This modern interpretation of a land oven is self sustainable and requires no electricity or plumbing as the heat comes from the rocks and the water from a bottle attached to the portable stall.
My mouth is watering just thinking about some fresh naturally cooked pork.... although I don't think I could bear seeing the pig's head.
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