Factory of smart fibres

Focusing on the agricultural waste of rice, a typical culture in the Camargue wetlands, this in-depth study of the region’s natural fibre resources transforms raw materials into ambitious bio-laminates.

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Can agricultural leftovers become catalysts for new types of production?

Following a unique interpretation of natural fibres – in terms of artistry, economics and technology – atelier LUMA sets up a pilot installation for gathering, sorting and transforming various natural fibres from local natural, agricultural and domestic sources. Every year, the Camargue region generates fifteen thousand tonnes of rice agricultural waste, creating an ideal starting point for our explorations.

Making use of the full waste stream, the initial stage of this project processes the rice fibres to create high-quality bio-laminates. The local production of these new laminates can generate new options for the local industry, open up partnerships with international agents, and set up the possibility of a first collection of atelier LUMA laminates.

Project team

  • Tjeerd Veenhoven


    Groningen, The Netherlands

  • Marc Thomas

    Director, BioSud

    Arles, France

  • Xavier Demassiet

    Assistant to the director, BioSud

    Arles, France

  • Erik Slor


    Veendam, The Netherlands

  • Koos Slor


    Veendam, The Netherlands

  • Tour du Valat

    Arles, France

  • Bruno Lacrotte


    Arles, France

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