Edinburgh College of Art graduate Spyros Kizis launched a dining chair and a lounge chair made from artichoke thistles and bio resin. Made using a combination of plant fiber and organic epoxy resin, the Artichairs are biodegradable and can be reused as biofuel.
The artichoke thistle, also known as the cardoon, grows wild in Greece and has been found to be suitable for use in the biofuel industry. To make the Artichair, Kizis combined the artichoke thistle with a bio-based resin made from waste cooking oil. The result is a sustainable bio plastic that is then pressed into a mold to create the shell of the chair.