Tamara Orjola, student of the Design Academy Eindhoven is the winner of Brains Awards 2016.
Tamara won with her research project Forest/Pine wool beating nineteen other smart ideas of students from Eindhoven.
Tamara’s research focuses on applications of the 420 million kilogram pine needles that fall from trees annually of a total of 600 million pine trees in Europa. By means of special treatments the pine needles can be used for paper, textile and a composite for industry serving as an excellent alternative material for fibres such as cotton and cotton which are at present imported for this purpose.
Items such as chairs and mats can be made out of it. These products can eventually inspire and encourage persons to find new applications for industrial waste products that are currently simply thrown away.
This year was the 8th time that the Brains Awards were held. The event is an annual competition for Eindhoven students of het MBO, HBO or University. They are challenged to present innovative, creative and socially relevant ideas and products. The prize money for the seven best entries totalled 20,000 euros.
Translator: Jennifer den Dekker