Biocomposites

The bio-composites we have been developing with Pond are 100% non-toxic, plant based, recyclable and have thermal and mechanical propperties that mean they can be a replacement for conventional composites.

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Inspired by Arundel Forest Garden and the way nature creates matter, I set out to find the most ecological materials that I could to build the Green Camp System That I designed (pannelised modular habitat). After attending the JEC Composites conference in France and speaking to just about every exhibitor there I discovered some amazing biomaterials and started to test these materials to see if they would be suitable for making our Green Camp System from, exploring various manufacture approaches including vacuum bagging with recycable bags and wooden tools, heated presses with second hand MDF presses and metal tools and finally additive manufacturing which was the final method chosen.

The three main materials that we tested and are still working with are:

1. Sicomin's GreenPoxy...

www.sicomin.com

is a 80% biobased thermosetting Expoxy system. We tested the product neat making incredibly strong transparent panels and with both natural and glass fiber panels. Boats and transparent visors for aircraft are made with this resin so it's well understood but the boat builders we performed the tests with could not believe the couldn't smash the pure resin test panels we made even when Dave was driving the biggest hammer they had at the test panel.

Our first 100% resin Sicomen test panels

2. Pond 100% non-toxic biocomposites...

www.pond.global

were developed by Martin Jensen, the CTO behind the resin systems for Seimens Windpower. They could not publish the extensive material testing that they had conducted with IKEA, Niike, NASA and others but assured me that the material propperties were just as good as conventional resin systems. Again, none of the community I was working with in the composite industry would believe we had a 1 for 1 replacement for the toxic composite resins that was 100% non-toxic so I engaged with tests with The National Composite Centre, the UK national lan to create test panels and perform basic mechanical testing including testing stregth at different temperatures (Temperature Deglassing). The full data can be provided on request but some of the pages from these tests are in the gallery below.

TG tests

3. UPM Formi...

www.upmformi.com

When we realised that manufacturing the biocomposite panels for The Green Camp System with heated presses would be expensive to set up, with each tool costing about £10k even if we just needed to make small changes to the design, I decided to focus on Additive manufacturing. Martin at Pond had not testied his bio-composite pellets out with AM so we started working with UPM Formi, The World's largest paper company that have developed a 99% biobased material for additive manufacture. We started tests with their material and many of the world's leading large format 3D printing companies. Eventually I designed The Big Green Machine as the only thing that I could afford to access was a machine I would build myself: off the shelf products were costsing anywere upwards of £50k - botching together refurbished robots would cost about £20k and need a dedicated industrual space; I only had my garage and wanted this technology as accessable as possible so I pushed ahead with UPM Formi's donated materials and am still building with them experimenting with Ponds 100% biocomposites in blends too.

Pond & UPM pellets we had made with sized Flax in the pond and wood cellulose in the UPM pellets (the lighter coloured pellets).

To view a long album with all the pics and short vids of the testing of these materials see here
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‍Riverwoods Weekend

25th November

The Weekend will begin with a screening of Riverwoods (click the poster to see the trailer) in The Vicar's Hall at Chichester Cathedral with a presentation from the film maker Peter Cairns from Scotland Big Picture all about their incredibly inspiring ecosystem restoration projects in Scotand. Proceeds are being donated to the project's charity which is currently raising funds to reforest The Dark Isle in Invernessshire. The film details how their restoration projects have a massive positive effect on the environment and local communities in scotland and how these inspiring restoration models can be applied anywhere...

We will then head back to Green Camp Ellanore to our eco-domes, cosy around the fire by the sea to spend the rest of the weekend wrapping on about these solutions with a program of Yin Yoga, meditation, healthy vegan food, music and other nature based activities led by the amazing Alex Rogers and the rest of The Green Team. Our focus is on being inspired and supported by positive and working nature based solutions and their people and restoring our own mental and physical health. 

| 90 mins
25th November
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Eating Our Way to Extinction Weekend

25th - 29th February‍

This feature length Documentary has been a labour of love by Otto and Ludo Brockway for the last 8 or so years. Narrated by our Kate Winslet, the film explores the most important, effective and accessible solutions of our time. We look forwards to exploring this with you, the producer of E2E Mark Galvin and some of the E2E team! We are also grouping the leading functional medical and nutritional scientists on the island, some of our absollute favorite artists, herbalists, nature protectors and healers. To book for just the screening and not the whole Yin Yoga retreat click here.

| 90 mins
25th - 29th February‍
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TAWAI - A Voice From The Forest Weekend

28th - 30th April

Tawai is a word the nomadic hunter gatherers of Borneo use to describe the connection they feel to their forest home. In this dreamy, philosophical and sociological look at life: Bruce Parry (of the BBC's Tribe, Amazon & Arctic) embarks on an immersive odyssey to explore the different ways that humans relate to nature and how this influences the way we create our societies. From the forests of the Amazon and Borneo to the River Ganges and Isle of Skye, Tawai is a quest for reconnection, providing a powerful voice from the heart of the forest itself. Bruce will be present for a Q&A after the film and will be at Green Camp Ellanore all weekend for the forest gardening, meditation, music and other options that weekend. See create.green/screen for more info.

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28th - 30th April

GREEN TEAM

Martin Jensen

Chief Technology Officer

Martin and his team used to work at Siemens Wind power designing and building the world's largest wind turbines from composites. He broke away to develop the 100% non-toxic bio-composites we are using in our Green Camp System.
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Tony Chignel

Bio-composite development

Tony assisted Green Campus in first winning the deal with Martin to start running tests with his bio-resin.
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Simon Rogers

Rogers Advanced Composites

Simon is an expert naval engineer, specifically in the world of composites and he has been very supportive of the development our bio-composites and manufacture.
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Sean Singleton

Build Partner

Sean and his team have been supporting with the construction of prototypes, introduction of the bio-materials and 3D printing technology to the marine and composites industry. We are working to set up manufacture together at their HQ at Northshore Boatyard in Itchenor Harbour.
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Sinesh Shah

Chief Financial Officer

A strong leader with Board Director and Investment Committee experience of resolving commercial issues and approving investment decisions.
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Charles Fraser

Founder and general secretary

Charles is the Founder and Director and General Secretary of Green Campus.
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Pond Biocomposite Resin for Natural Fibres (1m felt roll)

The Pond Bio-Resin comes in felt rolls of 1m width and up to 50m in length. These 100% non-toxic biocomposite resin sheets can be laied up between the layers of natural fibre re-enforcement (Flax, Jute, Hemp, meadowgrass, old shirts etc). It has to be a natural fibre because the resin forms a covalent bond (shares an electron) with the fibre which is responsible for it's great strength. Recommend 50-50 fibre to resin ratio. Sold in rolls of 10metres minimum. 10% discount for 100 meter orders. 100% non-toxic, 100% plant based, Tg of 140C, Strength 108MPA (with natural fibres in report below), Stiffness 40GPa (Young's modulus).

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LOCATION& TRAVEL INFO

Green Camp Ellanore is in the beautiful village of West Wittering, a quaint little cottage in the middle of a field by the sea. Here is some basic info about how to get here:

  • MINIBUS SHUTTLE - In the booking engine you can choose the optiional extra of the minibus from London. This costs £40 return which is just £5 more than the train and is door to door. NB we need 8 or more preople for this to become a viable option.
  • BY CAR - There is very limited parking so please let us know if you are coming by car and we will try and turn your car into a car-pool full of furry vegans to make the most of it. Once booked in we will send you the post code.
  • BY RAIL - Chichester Station is 7 miles from the propperty and trains leave London Victoria (£20 - Duration = 1h20), Clapham Junction (1h10) and Gatwick Airport (1h) every 30 minutes coming to Chichester directly.
  • BUS - Richt next to Chichester station you can ride the 52 or 53 Bus to 'The Old House at Home' stop in West Wittering. It's a 10 minute walk down our country lane from there to the cottage. Cost c. £5
  • TAXI - Black cabs leave from the station and cost about £15.
JOURNAL

The Green Campus Journal chronicles the latest journal entries from all green team members. Look out for the monthly Green News Show for an in-depth update about what's been going on!

For more articles see the full jounal page

December 7, 2023
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Here I tell the story of the people and processes that won the final debate of the 200th aniversary of The Oxford Union on the motion: This House Would Go Vegan. The effort was intended to shine a light on the arguments of Dr. Sailesh Rao and Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop that insist we must include the Carbon opportunity Cost of deforestation, the carbon that can not be sequestered by forests that are cut down, in the IPCC and therefore national carbon accounting conventions. Including COC in Carbon accounting conventions shows that livestock is responsible for 87% of Global Temperature Change Potential and focusing on fossil fuels is actually speeding up climate change. The event allowed us to meet researchers at Oxford who argue for and against the position and yet we continue our work to find written arguments against the position which was won on the day. We are very Grateful to The Oxford Union for supporting this event and allowing us to use it to shine a light into this all important place. The story follows:

Challenging The Orthodoxy: Is Excluding Carbon Opportunity Cost (COC) from IPCC and therefore National Carbon Accounting fair or lawful?

Including COC in Carbon Accounting conventions shows livestock = 87% of Global Temperature Change Potential. We debated this at The Oxford Union and drew out those who can help our legal case to challenge the lawfulness of present policy. Thank you all who have helped begin this unfolding story!
July 7, 2023
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Sharrow Marine Toroidal Props & Infinite Range Silent Yachts & Friends

Here details an overview of efforts to bring Sharrow Marine's Toroidal Propellers to Silent Yachts, a luxury solar powered yacht design and manufacture yacht company at their e-foil riders event in Mallorca in June 20023. Sharrow's props boast 80% noise reduction and 48% fuel efficiency benefits while Silent Yachts demonstrate infinite range. My effort was to see if I could pay for a custom Sharrow Marine prop for the Silent Yachts and thus extend the latitudes where their incredible solar power train is viable in order to secure a brokerage for these extended markets and of course for these revolutionary propellers.
January 25, 2023
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Functional Medical Resources

Here are a list of various functional medical organisations and documentary films about their work that, based on my experience, are much more successful schools of medicine for dealing with degenerative disease: cancer, diabetes, heart disease, skin disorders, auto-immune disorders etc. than aleopathic medicine (mainstream medicine). Please review the films, the reviews from some of the world's leading doctors and physicians and see for yourself. NB: we still love the mainstream trauma wards and emergency response teams and support them fully!
December 1, 2020
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The Green Campus Business model grew out of Arundel Forest Garden where we were trying to work out how to live as harmlessly as possible. Check out this article for links to the original Facebook groups with loads of pics and videos of starting that forest Garden and the first Green Camp in Arundel Forest Garden: Arundel Green Camp

The History of Green Camp

How the business model for Green Campus came out of trying to live in harmony with nature at Arundel Forest Garden.

For more articles see the full journal page

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Pond Biocomposite Resin for Natural Fibres (1m felt roll)

The Pond Bio-Resin comes in felt rolls of 1m width and up to 50m in length. These 100% non-toxic biocomposite resin sheets can be laied up between the layers of natural fibre re-enforcement (Flax, Jute, Hemp, meadowgrass, old shirts etc). It has to be a natural fibre because the resin forms a covalent bond (shares an electron) with the fibre which is responsible for it's great strength. Recommend 50-50 fibre to resin ratio. Sold in rolls of 10metres minimum. 10% discount for 100 meter orders. 100% non-toxic, 100% plant based, Tg of 140C, Strength 108MPA (with natural fibres in report below), Stiffness 40GPa (Young's modulus).

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UPM Formi Biocomposite Pellets for 3D printing

99% bio-based biocomposite for 3D printing. A PLA like product with wood celulose fibre re-enforcement. UPM Formi biocomposite has high performance qualities with lower carbon footprint than fossil-based materials. The biocomposite combines mouldability of plastics and strength and sustainability of wood. Compared with traditional oil-based plastic, it reduces the product’s carbon emission by -50 %. It is a cost- and resource-efficient alternative for reducing the environmental impact of products.

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