Thomas Elwes

Thomas specialises in the exploration of sustainable and natural materials and how we can utilise waste to produce materials without damaging the world around us. His most recent work focuses on applying Mycelium to waste material to produce a modern viable material. His previous work in product design demonstrates strengths in Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing software, Generative Design and Digital Fabrication methods.

The projects on this page will focus on the best Biomaterials produced from the MA.

Chair made from Mycelium

Mycelium

Mycelium is a fully compostable material grown using mushrooms and biomass waste. Once grown, the material has properties similar to expanded plastic foam, at a similar cost. It also can be broken down multiple times and repurposed for different applications.

Pine Resin

Pine resin is a solid form of resin obtained from pines and some other plants, mostly conifers. Once melted it can be combined with waste materials such as coffee and sawdust and moulded into various forms.

Protein

Protein powder was able to be combined with certain acids, pressed at a high temperature and pressure to produce a biodegradable leather substitute. This material could also be laser cut and engraved.

Chitosan

Chitosan is produced from chitin obtained from crustaceans and insects. Chitosan powder can be combined with acids to produce a very suitable single-use plastic packaging alternative.