Ideal Materials


Patagonia Launches New Workwear Line Made With Innovative Hemp Fabric

Source: treehugger.com Published: August 2, 2017 Updated October 11, 2018 Finally, there is now an ethical and practical alternative work wear option to Carhartt and Dickies. Screen capture Patagonia By Derek Markham Patagonia is one of those companies that really...

LEGO Tests Bricks Made from Wheat in Effort to Ditch Plastic

Source: ecowatch.com Published: July 31, 2017 Lorraine Chow Fresh after meeting its 100 percent renewable energy milestone, LEGO is making progress towards its 2030 goal of replacing 20 types of its traditional, petroleum-based bricks with sustainable alternatives....

New Type of Cement Could Offer Environmental Protection, Lower Cost

Source: phys.org Published: April 29, 2016 By Oregon State University If widely adopted, a new approach to making cement could significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption, help address global warming, produce a more durable concrete, and save...

Looking to Light Highways with Light-Emitting Cement

Source: phys.org Published: May 6, 2016 Light-emitting cement by Investigación y Desarrollo In order to light roads, highways or bicycle lanes without electricity, Ph.D. José Carlos Rubio, from Michoacan’s University of San Nicolas Hidalgo, UMSNH in Spanish, created a...

Fabric Made from Water Could Be the Ultimate Sustainable Material

Source: treehugger.com Published: July 11, 2017 CC BY-SA 2.0 followtheseinstructions By Christine Lepisto A team of architects and chemists put their minds together on how to mimic spider silk. They came up with a double win. They developed a fiber “spun” from a...

Ancient Romans Were Way Better at Making Concrete

Source: popsci.com Published: July 5, 2017 The ocean didn’t break it down— it only made it stronger. A microscopic image of concrete. C-A-S-H stands for the calcium-aluminum-silicate-hydrate material that forms when volcanic ash, lime, and seawater mix. The...

Exotic Property of Salty Solutions Discovered

Source: phys.org Published: November 10, 2016 Diamond-anvil cell. Credit: GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences By Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres Water and aqueous solutions can behave strangely under pressure. Experiments carried out at the GFZ...