We are always looking for new materials for the 100% Materials feature and this year we were especially pleased to find one in our own backyard. In a nice historical twist, Jane ní Dhulchaointigh (pronounced Delehanty) has just set up production of her exciting new material sugru in a Victorian former factory building in the East End of London.
The material is a durable and tactile silicone that can be hand-moulded at room temperature and it forms a strong bond to a wide range of materials, making it suitable for all kinds of repairs, ‘hacks’ and new ideas altogether. Jane explains that she aims to encourage users to repair and improve products rather than buying new ones, and taking a stand for the environment in the process. Check out the ‘sugru-enhanced’ can opener on display at the 100% Materials feature for an idea about the great potential of the material.
Jane plans to start selling sugru through her web page, www.sugru.com, later this year, so be sure to keep an eye open for updates. Initially, the material will be offered in orange, red, green, blue and black in small quantities.
By Chris Lefteri