The Magic of Diatom

Diatom is a fascinating material with many useful properties. It’s incredibly absorbent, highly impact resistant (we dropped a coaster off our second  story balcony and were pretty surprised to see it survived without any real damage!), extremely light weight, and most importantly very sustainable. Actually seeing diatom in action for the first time was a very interesting experience for us .  The instant the moisture came into contact with the diatom, it was absorbed instantly.  These types of materials are exactly what we love finding and sharing. Functional, practical, sustainable. They just make sense.

Diatom Absorbency

Each diatom cell is surrounded by an outer layer of porous silica, and this gives it that incredible absorbency.  Diatom also has a particularly large surface area allowing instant absorption.  As a plus, diatom has remarkable thermal qualities which makes it ideal for insulating hot subjects on delicate counter surface.

The Culture

Diatom has been a popular material among Japanese households for a long prior of time.  With the humid nature of Japan, naturally diatom is an ideal material for bathroom usage.  The quick and efficient absorbent nature helps prevent mold and odor formation.

Environmental Aspect

There is abundant diatom everywhere in the sea making it highly sustainable, and 100% biodegradable.  With it’s intricate sponge-like structure, it is also a strong, lasting material for household use.

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