10 January 2014

Innovative Sustainable Materials - Artichoke Thistle

The cardoon, also called the artichoke thistle, is an edible plant native to the western and central Mediterranean region, where it was domesticated in ancient times. It is adapted to dry climates and is among the most abundant natural resources to be found in Greece. Recent studies have shown that cardoon crops are able to enhance the Greek economy through the biofuel industry.

Taking advantage of unseen potential within this emerging industry, designer Spyros Kizis has developed a new, 100% biodegradable eco-material, and explored possible applications for it within product design.