Could these 10 unconventional materials help save the planet?

The chair we sit on, the bowl we eat from, the shoes we wear – everything we touch is made from materials that, more often than not, have a negative impact on our planet. But innovation abounds when it comes to creating new forms of sustainable materials.

The winner of this year’s Material of the Year awards, given out by Material ConneXion, was presented to a form of concrete that emits 90% less carbon dioxide during production, a massive innovation, potentially, considering that scientists believe concrete production accounts for 5% of our carbon footprint.

Check out the list of noteworthy runners up on Fast Company’s Co.Design blog including biodegradable packaging paper, a non-toxic particle board substitute, and high-performing, recyclable plastics.

Image: Fast Company’s Co.Design

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