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Hair Glasses by Studio Swine.


The imperative to increase resource efficiency can yield strange fruit. London-based Studio Swine offers eyeglasses made of an unexpected material—human hair. Advertised as “sustainable fashion eyewear,” the firm notes that the beauty industry makes significant use of this resource—15 million pounds of human hair are utilized annually in the UK, for instance.

Hair Glasses incorporate reused hair in a biodegradable resin with a binding agent, making a product that can safely decay at the end of its life with no adverse environmental effects. If the product becomes popular, Hair Glasses might provide a little extra income to barber shops and beauty salons, demonstrating that even one of the most disposable materials can be repurposed.




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Blaine Brownell

thumbnail image Minnesota-based architect and author Blaine Brownell, AIA, is a self-defined materials researcher and sustainable building adviser. His "Product of the Week" emails and three volumes of Transmaterial (2006, 2008, 2010) provide designers with a steady flow of inspiration—a 21st-century Grammar of Ornament. Blaine has practiced architecture in Japan and the U.S. and has been published in more than 40 design, business, and science publications. The recipient of a Fulbright fellowship for 2006–07, he researched contemporary Japanese material innovations at the Tokyo University of Science. He currently teaches architecture and co-directs the M.S. in Sustainable Design program at the University of Minnesota. His book Matter in the Floating World was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2011.