Home décor that looks so elegant one would not know it is made from recycled agro-forest debris like twigs and seeds.
This is the invention of furniture greenovator Pete Delantar of Nature’s Legacy Eximport (NLE), which was recognized as Outstanding Invention, the grand prize at the 2014 National Invention Contest and Exhibits (NICE) organized by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
Bested 831 entries from this year’s national and regional finalists, Delantar said, ““My invention is so simple but yet very practical. I wish every Filipino will be encouraged to invent something even out of nothing—from things we take for granted or considered as scrap, castaway, or of no value.”
“We must keep looking, keep experimenting,” he added.
Officially called “Molded Particle Product with Cast Paper-Based Reinforcement,” Delantar’s invention is a “high breed” version of Naturescast, NLE’s patented lightweight material made of ground twigs, leaves, and seeds held together by a proprietary water-based binder. The resulting material can be shaped or sculpted into customizable, multi-textured, and genuinely sustainable home furnishings such as chairs, vases, or wall art.
Delantar won the most coveted Tuklas for Outstanding Invention award, one of six categories of NICE. Others are Outstanding Industrial Design, Outstanding Utility Model, Likha for Outstanding Creative Research, Sibol Award for Outstanding Student Creative Research for College, and Sibol Award for Outstanding Student Creative Research for High School. He won a cash prize of P150,000.
Delantar also received the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Award for Inventors and might be sent to Geneva, Switzerland as a delegate from the Philippines and to present his invention.
NICE is the highlight of DOST’s premier annual event National Science and Technology Week (NSTW), held in July at SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. The competition recognizes and honors outstanding inventions and researches, and serves as a show window for Filipino ingenuity, science and technology developments, as well as a venue for knowledge sharing.
The Design Center Philippines also curated a “science meets art” exhibit which featured an earlier material innovation by Delantar. This material was made into a Casa Eco, a house which uses recycled waste for construction and interior design. Casa Eco will be relocated to and available for viewing at the A-11 Showroom Gallery in Pasay City.
NLE currently exports to 41 countries for home accessories and furnishings and 28 countries for fashion accessories also made of recycled non-timber agro-forest debris under the brand Floreia. Countries that receive containers of orders include Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, the United States, United Kingdom, Portugal, United Arab Emirates, and Japan.
For more information, visit www.natureslegacy.com, or call 425-8399.