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Integral to a host of diverse ecosystems, adapted to thrive in extreme conditions (from arid deserts to snow-covered mountains and everything in between), and able to absorb large amounts of CO2 and combat soil erosion — among other virtues — moss is a powerhouse in the plant world.

It also sprouted inspiration for Poppy Pippin, who, during the final year of her product and furniture design undergrad at the Kingston School of Art four years ago, began paying attention to the flora while on “observational walks” through her Central London, U.K., neighbourhood. “I started noticing where and how moss occurred naturally, in the cracks and crevices of concrete, along sidewalks and the sides of roads,” says Pippin.

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These Moss-Growing Tiles Clean the Air Around Them

With her in-development product, designer Poppy Pippin hopes to decrease air pollution in urban settings.

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