With the support of Samenwerkingsverband Noord-Nederland (SNN), we conducted a feasibility study into sustainable local production chains in the municipality of De Marne. This research is a follow-up to the project We gaan het meemaken (We are going to make it).
We have investigated the potential of six promising crops as well as the technical, economic and organisational feasibility in a local sustainable production chain. With this innovative chain, we hope to give an economic and sustainable boost to the municipality of De Marne, which is now part of the municipality of Het Hogeland.
The possibilities of straw have been investigated by designers Gerard de Hoop and Volken de Vlas (Studio Volop), Simone Larabi has researched the possibilities of hemp, Paul Bloemers has looked into the possibilities of bamboo, while Eileen Blackmore has focused on seaweed, elephant grass and flax.
The feasibility study provides an insight into the following aspects: potential sustainable chains and an approach to different links, the technological qualifications and specifications required for setting up the sustainable chains, technologies to achieve this (both existing and methods yet to be developed), potential earnings models and potential partnerships.
We see clear opportunities for the crops studied and the applications that the designers have developed. We also see opportunities to link innovative manufacturing techniques. Raw materials such as bamboo, straw and hemp can be processed into sheet material, polymers or panels. This mainly requires press machines, fiberisers and the entire chemistry behind the development of polymers. To achieve this, we are in talks with parties such as Huis Veendam, Enkev, and the Graanrepubliek (grain republic). We are conducting research into polymers with Greenpac and NHL Stenden.
We are already working on the follow-up to this research. With the project Local Making Site, we are organising a follow-up in the Wadden region. We will set up two local making places there. In addition, we are launching a training programme around Local Making Places (Maakplaatsen) in collaboration with Keunstwurk in Friesland.
For more information about this study, please contact Eileen Blackmore.