TNO Torwash – Studio laVina | Fragmental

Studio laVina

Exhibition | Product | Future concept | Material | Research | Sustainable Design

Torwash is the name of the technology developed by TNO. With a new application of this technology, you can completely dissolve and break down bioplastics (such as PLA), after which they can be used again. This offers designers opportunities to design composites and composite products that can still be fully recycled. The results can be seen at Yksi Expo.

Studio laVina | Fragmental
The light sculpture Fragmental (consciously) consists of several materials. But this object can be recycled and separated into the original materials without disassembly.

The project started with research into the use of nettle in traditional Russian crafts. The nettle is a sturdy plant that does not need much to grow. The stem is rich in cellulose, the material that is also extracted from cotton or wood, for example in the textile and paper industry.

Studio laVina experimented with different composites and eventually created a light sculpture. Tests with TNO’s new Torwash technology made it possible to separate this object into the original raw materials, which could then be reused. This applied to the cellulose from the nettle, the lactic acid from PLA and the metals. Chemical recycling thus enables us to maintain the quality of materials and make production circular.

Exhibition ‘Designing for Torwash’
Yksi Expo
Torenallee 22-04 (Strijp-S)
Until 6 March, 2022
www.yksiexpo.nl

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