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Emily Gordin

Emily is a Brooklyn based designer who focuses on creating bio-based materials from organic waste, specifically cannabis industry waste. She believes that the natural world holds the answers for many material innovations that can revolutionize our relationship to the environment. You can always find Emily with her canine best friend, Billie.

A series of seed starter pots made from hemp biomaterial.
A plant pot made from hemp biomaterial with a plant inside.

How can we further harness the material potential of hemp?

Hemp Matter, an investigation into making biomaterials from CBD industry waste, culminated itself in the product 'Repot'. 'Repot' is a series of planters; from seed starter pots to larger scale planters, that are made from CBD industry stalk and spent flower waste. The material is 100% natural and completely biodegradable, making it so each pot can be planted into the next.

Two rows of hemp biomaterial seed starter pots showcasing the materials ability to capture detail.

After many iterations, the final material recipe is able to be slipcasted allowing for scaled production of the biomaterial pots. The material is able to capture fine details, is water resistant, and ranges in flexibility.

Six samples of hemp biomaterials.

'Repot' uses a thin sheet material recipe to form the planters, but this conclusion was only reached after hundreds of material combinations were created with hemp and bioplastic. The combinations ranged from hard panels to flexible sheets using a range of hemp stalk qualities, from fine/medium/large hurd to pulp. The different materials were casted, extruded, and slipcasted giving different results in both form and material quality.

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Emily Gordin

Emily is a Brooklyn based designer who focuses on creating bio-based materials from organic waste, specifically cannabis industry waste. She believes that the natural world holds the answers for many material innovations that can revolutionize our relationship to the environment. You can always find Emily with her canine best friend, Billie.

A plant pot made from hemp biomaterial with a plant inside.

How can we further harness the material potential of hemp?

Hemp Matter, an investigation into making biomaterials from CBD industry waste, culminated itself in the product 'Repot'. 'Repot' is a series of planters; from seed starter pots to larger scale planters, that are made from CBD industry stalk and spent flower waste. The material is 100% natural and completely biodegradable, making it so each pot can be planted into the next.