This guy: a smallish, plastic enclosure designed by Gernot Riether and constructed using a plastic made from sugar. Gernot won an annual competition hosted by the AIA to “bring life” to New Orleans a city rich with a history all its own. But the small pavilion has more than just sugar embedded in it; it was designed and fabricated using extensive digital tools that made sure each “cell” would be oriented, sized and shaped correctly. I was surprised to read this:
“Using PETG as a material suggests a negative carbon footprint. According to one of it’s world’s largest manufacturer, Dow Chemicals, every 0.5kg of PETG produced from sugar cane represents a total gain of almost 1kg of CO² removed from the atmosphere. Since the AIA pavilion used 123kg of material, the production of the pavilion would remove 246kg of CO² from the atmosphere. This demonstrates that producing PETG from sugar cane has tremendous environmental benefits that might make plastic the building material of the 21st century.”
Is that even possible?