Eden Project's Materials Blogs

Meet the recycled bee sculpture who’s just landed at Eden

July 31, 2013
Author: Carys Barriball

Has anyone spotted an 18-foot high bee at the Eden Project this summer? Commissioned by sustainable cleaning brand Ecover and created by the artist Ptolemy Elrington, the new addition to our site is a sculpture built entirely from recycled materials. The Bee Clever sculpture began its journey at this year’s Glastonbury festival. It then flew [...]

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Visit the new American Indian tule hut in our Biome

March 10, 2013
Author: Hannah

We’ve just unveiled a brand spanking new exhibit in our California garden in the Med Biome. Amidst the chaparral and wildflowers you’ll find a sweet little round hut, thatched with bulrushes. It’s our interpretation of the traditional American Indian tule huts made by native American Indians across California. Just like theirs, our hut is made [...]

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New renewable, biodegradable and plant materials exhibit

March 7, 2012
Author: Hannah

Fishing rods made from carrots, chair upholstery woven from nettles and a t-shirt spun from bamboo – what have they all got in common? They’re all part of the new generation of sustainable materials made from natural, renewable resources. And they’re also on display in a collection of mini greenhouses at Eden as part of [...]

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Enfleurage: how to extract perfume from plants

July 24, 2011
Author: Tom

Lisa Cronin, one of our Pollinators, has been explaining the method of enfleurage to visitors to Eden. This simple process captures the fragrance of a flower. The tradition of creating perfume dates back thousands of years, and typically uses distillation to extract scents from flowers. The process of enfleurage (meaning ‘to saturate flowers’) was invented [...]

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A chair with a sting in its tail

January 11, 2011
Author: Hannah

Can you guess what type of fabric this chair is upholstered with? It’s a plant that grows everywhere in Britain and has a powerful sting… yes, nettle fibre. We chose the covering for this dinky chair (it’s actually just a couple of inches high) as part of an exhibit on crops. Celine, one of our [...]

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