Haidin Rashid (Materialize.X)
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In 2014 alone, the world emitted 38.2 billion tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere, up by 2.3% from the year before. With the world’s population estimated to reach 9.4 billion by 2050, this number is likely to increase further. But what if we could identify a way to materialise CO2 and thereby make it easier to capture and utilise it?
Haidin Rashid, a design and engineering student at Imperial College London and founder of Materialize.X, believes he has hit on exactly that. BI-ORGANIC is a new bio-composite material which combines leftover plant waste with a natural binder from a waste stream of a large industry to create a tough but temporary biomaterial that can be used for a variety of different applications. The material is 100% biodegradable, and has a ‘bio-plastic’ coating. Depending on the thickness of this coating, the material will react with ground moisture to degrade in two days, two months or two years.
Materialize.X’s first product to the market is the world’s first bio-degradable road and flooring, ideal for short events and exhibits. Festivals such as Glastonbury have a huge infrastructure issue that is not only impractical, but also very costly. “This year alone, Glastonbury Festival spent £250,000 on temporary roads for the site, which creates a host of logistical problems around not only installation and maintenance but also how you dispose of the flooring after the event”, explains Haidin. “Installing our ‘bio-road’ is much easier and it will naturally degrade on-site”. In fact, the material not only degrades, it also provides the soil with valuable nutrients to help repopulate the land.
Haidin Rashid of Materialize.X.
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