Don Yaw Kwaning
A material research into the soft rush in which different elements of this dominant and usually unwanted weed are developed into materials like paper, textile & foam.
The soft rush is mostly known from the woven Japanese tatami mats wherein the whole plant is processed. But separating the pith from the fibres creates new application possibilities. The fibres can be developed into materials like paper, (corrugated) cardboard, rope, non-wovens and textiles.
The pith of the soft rush is a foam. This material possesses lightweight, shock-resistant and insulating properties that make it suitable as ecological packaging material. The foamy pith can be compressed in different densities, which also makes it suitable as a lightweight sheet material that can be applied in furniture.