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These Colorful Floor Tiles Were Made From Snail Poop

Illustration for article titled These Colorful Floor Tiles Were Made From Snail Poop

Stepping on snails is nasty—feeling the distinctive crack-and-squelch beneath your foot is all sorts of ugh-ack-yuck-ew. Dutch artist, designer, and scientific researcher Lieske Schreuder found a way to make the experience less visceral but arguably more disgusting, by creating tiles composed of terrestrial mollusc turds.

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Illustration for article titled These Colorful Floor Tiles Were Made From Snail Poop

Screuder discovered that the common garden critters happily eat paper, and that they would "recycle" it in exactly the same bright hues it was before being digested. So she set up a little lab to mold these bright, malleable squiggle-dumps into "threads" which are then pressed into modular flooring units and dried in place.

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Illustration for article titled These Colorful Floor Tiles Were Made From Snail Poop
Illustration for article titled These Colorful Floor Tiles Were Made From Snail Poop

It's tough to tell the durability or texture of the pieces based on the pics alone, but, assuming they'll hold up, this is a pretty fascinating use of bizarro natural materials.

The project is currently part of the Biology Design exhibition at the New Institute in Rotterdam, if you're in the Netherlands and want to see it up close, and Screuder is looking at ways to produce these as a new kind of linoleum. In the meantime, here's to shiny happy pooping! [Dezeen]

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Talk about sloooooowwww manufacturing!
On another note, I was told that when people here used to eat snails, they would feed them with sweet potato leaves(a popular vege here, seriously good!) for three days until their poop turn green. It means that the snails have cleaned their digestive system with the leaves and they are now safe for cooking. The more you know!