January to May 2017
Some of the algae samples were kept for later use, and the rest were left outside to decompose.
Check out the continuation of this project with Green Cardboard II.
From left: Gabe, Chris, Julia and Mackenzie
to Andrew Loriot,
and the Construct Lab
We realized that dried pond algae has material properties very similar to those of cardboard. We made two small boxes with minimal processing as a proof-of-concept for the material.
Using algae as a substitute for wood pulp in paper production has many benefits:
Using wood pulp is very energy-intensive
Relying on wood can accelerate deforestation
Trees take a long time to grow
Algae grows very quickly
Cardboard made from algae can be biodegradable
Cladophora algae is an invasive plant
Removing algae from ecosystems can mitigate eutrophication