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Natural materials

A product that is made from materials and ingredients found in nature, with little or no human intervention. Natural materials include stone, glass, lime or mud plasters, adobe or rammed earth, bricks, tiles, untreated wood, cork, paper, reeds, bamboo, canes and grasses as well as all natural fibers. From both an aesthetic and health point of view, building with natural materials also helps sustainable development.
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"For me, having started the wool campaign 12 years ago to remind people of how valuable and sustainable wool is as a fibre and a natural material, I'm particularly thrilled that Woolcool has taken it further and demonstrated just how important that material is."
The soft tones add a hint of warmth to the room, and the irregular markings that make natural material so stunning, add character and interest.
Cambridge University has won a [pounds sterling]1.75 million research programme grant from the Leverhulme Trust for a study of natural material innovation.
W510 is Samsung's first mobile phone with 'bio-plastic' made from natural material extracted from corns.
Pricing for HDPE (high density polyethylene) also has been varying by market, according to the West Coast recycler, with the export market paying as much as 30 cents delivered at the dock for the natural material. Domestic markets have been paying slightly less, however, at 28 to 29.5 cents.
Given the current interest in sustainable design, cork has come into its own as a renewable, recyclable and immensely versatile natural material. The raw material for all cork products is the bark of the cork oak, which is stripped from mid May until the end of August.
The molding process consists of three main steps, starting with the placement of a precut natural material insert into the mold cavity.
"People want realism, they love natural materials, and they like their laminate to look and feel like the natural material," says Formica's vice president of design, Renee Hytry.
Unless you've always thought the Bombay film industry, the life of Boy George, and the career of Jerry Springer were natural material for stage musicals, you can't call them obvious.
Although they cannot be recycled for re-use, because combustion will return them to their original state, a handful of sand, these natural material silicones are said to play a role in environmental consideration.
After all, the argument goes, arsenic is a completely natural material and nobody wants to pick up a pound of the stuff in the supermarket aisle, do they?
"I enjoy the challenge of working with permanent and natural material. Unlike other mediums where one can add or delete, with natural material, one can only delete.