Peanut shells are good for plants. Leftovers from chocolate production can be useful too.
With its design for a smart village, an Australian company wants to provide businesses from the cocoa sector with a creative environment.
The goal is to drive innovation for the circular economy and reduce the industry’s carbon footprint.
The proposed Ecuadorian village is inspired by local traditions, modular in design and uses mainly natural materials.
3D-printed components from residual cocoa-shell fibres are combined with wood and bamboo to make buildings.
Roof tanks collect rainwater. The latest technologies – blockchain, IoT, electric vehicles – are all taken into account.
The self-sufficient village can be extended so that alongside research and production, life can develop too.