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Designer Furniture...Made from Cow Manure

05 September 2017

Source: Birmingham City UniversitySource: Birmingham City UniversityTasked with finding another use for waste materials, a Birmingham City University student is using cow manure to create designer household furniture.

Determining that the material could be shaped and styled for this purpose, product design student Sanelisiwe Mafa used the material to create fully recyclable stools and designer flower pots.

"I wanted to design furniture that would display cow manure as a beautiful material for design," said Mafa.

"I knew that most designs with organic materials don't end up looking great, even though they send a good message and I didn't want my designs to follow the same pattern. I wanted to design something people would want to buy and have in their homes."

"Before I could even make the products I had to source out a supplier for my manure which was the smelly part, because I needed sterilized cow manure and had to dry it out in my room before mixing it with the binder," Mafa added.

Mafa believes that this is just the beginning for the possible uses for this material, saying, "I feel like there's more to come from this project."

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Re: Designer Furniture...Made from Cow Manure
2017-Sep-05 11:13 AM

the technology is already existing... Farmers have be reprocessing manure to be used for bedding for their dairy cows for the past 20 years... it has to be sanitary for the cows to off disease, high plate count and bacteria counts in the milk.

And with the forage that the cows consume, I'm sure a lot of the complex polymers pass through such as lignum that acts like a binding agent. May need more additive bonding agents.. but its possible.

The drawback,... I know that brown is a neutral color, but really?

Also the accents may not be appealing...

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