Name: Lingrove Sector: New materials Pros: CO2 negative biomaterial obtained from flax fibre and vegetable-based resins 10 times more resistant than wood Characteristics: Bio-thermoplastic compound obtained from flax processing waste as an alternative to wood and fiberglass Lingrove, a start-up based in San Francisco, is committed to creating sustainable alternatives to wood and plastic material use. At the end of 2017, Lingrove launched Ekoa, a biomaterial obtained from flax waste that looks and feels like wood, yet outperforms it in weight resistance, printability and durability. The name Ekoa is inspired by Koa, an endangered Hawaiian native tree, with the addition of an “E” for ecological.Its founder, Joe Luttwak, an expert in the field of design and materials, wor...