Since 2013, we have been composting our waste and striving to create circular systems for our material use. Rather than bringing materials to the Lab and then sending away the waste, we aim to either create our own materials from local resources or intervene in, and divert materials from, the waste stream.
At present we:
- feed our clean wood dust and food waste to our thriving worm farms
- run our 3D printers on NZ made PLA, a biodegradable plant-based plastic
- run our smaller 3D mills on machinable wax which we melt down and use again
- strive to use FSC and E0 plywoods in the laser cutter and on the large format milling machine
- are experimenting with making our own bio-plastics
- use corrugated cardboard in initial prototyping wherever possible
- are developing a system to re-use milk bottle tops and HDPE for machining in our smaller 3D mills.
In the past we have:
- grown mushrooms on our poplar plywood waste
- made mycelium materials
- grown textile dye plants in our garden beds
We have identified three of the Sustainable Development Goals to focus on in everything we do: