Canne de Camargue

This project researches how the Canne de Provence, a large, fast growing reed found in abundance in the South of France, can be transformed into a high-quality new material.

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Can an invasive species be the driver of a new economy for the region?

A tall grass species growing in the damp soils of the Camargue region, Canne is traditionally used to make small mouthpieces for music instruments, as part of an industry that generates a considerable amount of waste. This project focuses on reworking this flexible material, taking advantage of its different properties.

In its initial stage of material exploration, the project uses Canne to create a pulp, which is then used to make paper. The pulp can also be a starting point for the creation of large-scale laminate boards and even organic textiles. The initial prototypes open several possibilities in various scales, offering a promising outlook for the future uses of this widespread and tenacious species.

Project team

  • Antoine Boudin

    Designer, Laboratoire de Chimie Agro-industrielle (INRA/INP-ENSIACET)

    Hyères, France

  • Michel Petit-Conil

    Team Manager, InTechFibres

    Saint-Martin-d'Hères, France

  • Institut français du textile et de l’habillement

    Mulhouse, France

  • Olivades

    St Etienne du Grès, France

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