Thanks to global commitments towards sustainability, we are now accustomed to seeing biomaterials, recycled materials, and various eco-friendly examples found in daily lives, from straws to packaging. This progress not only shapes consumer mindsets but also inspires collective efforts for our planet!

However, what we see is just the surface of all the great things that are happening. Sponsored by the Ministry of Environment, the organizations in this report finally have the opportunity to showcase their presence at Taiwan InnoTech Expo. Prepare to be amazed by how materials can navigate their lifecycle in unexpected places.

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Biomaterial

Biomaterials represent a well-established sustainable approach in CMF Design, showcasing continual innovations in both sourcing and applications. This report highlights just one example from the expo, but it is enough to illustrate the widespread biomaterials in everyday items.

Typically, companies and brands would focus on utilizing natural materials that are already abundant in their regions, such as cactus in Mexico and pineapples in Taiwan. These materials often come from unused natural resources that would otherwise go to waste, such as oyster shells or pineapple leaves.

Lastly, biomaterials are frequently used to replace traditional materials found in common disposable items like straws or packaging. Combined all above together, these practices ensure a continuous incoming supply of materials, allowing these companies and brands to transition them into the next lifecycle.

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From rice straw pulps to egg cartons, by Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute
From rice straw pulps to egg cartons, by Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute

Circular Industrial Waste

When thinking about sustainable design, our mind often gravitate towards the use of biomaterials or post-consumer recycled (PCR). As consumers, we usually overlook the presence of industrial waste, also known as post-industrial recycled (PIR), materials generated during manufacturing that would become waste if a solution for extending their lifecycle isn’t found.

The reality is that industrial waste constitutes a significant portion of all waste. To illustrate the scale, a single country can generate 3.5 billion tons of industrial waste annually, and this number continues to climb (Kanwal et al., 2023) and should not be neglected.

Fortunately, companies and research institutes have recognize this issue and are taking actions to address it. While the source of industrial waste and its circularity solutions may not be visible in our daily lives, they certainly deserve our attention and support. As this report aims to share CMF industry insights, in this particularly case, it is also to express our gratitude to the organizations and their efforts dedicated to this subject matter.

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From aluminum dust to aluminum-containing fireproof aggregate, by Industrial Technology Research Institute
From aluminum dust to aluminum-containing fireproof aggregate, by Industrial Technology Research Institute
From silicon-containing waste to SiO2-containing consumer products, by Semisils Applied Materials
From silicon-containing waste to SiO2-containing consumer products, by Semisils Applied Materials
From SiO2 filler extracted in industrial waste to engineered stones containing SiO2 filler, by Transcene Corp
From SiO2 filler extracted in industrial waste to engineered stones containing SiO2 filler, by Transcene Corp
From plastic industrial waste to “zero-wood” blocks and panels, by SenSen Wood
From plastic industrial waste to “zero-wood” blocks and panels, by SenSen Wood

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Problem-solving ??? ?????. Former head of CMF at Motorola. A New York-based and world-traveling Design Consultant with over 13 years of specialty in CMF Design. 高雄囡仔,前摩托羅拉CMF設計團隊負責人,目前定居於紐約並遊牧世界,任自由撰稿人兼CMF設計顧問,持續投入在CMF設計的科普推廣,並為WGSN及羅技等公司提供CMF專案支持或諮詢服務。

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