We've always loved moss, so when we saw this bathmat made primarily from moss (that gets watered when you step out of the shower), we had to learn more...
This bathroom mat starts with an imputrescible foam called plastazote. Several types of moss are implanted in the cells of foam (a total of 70 pieces measuring 2.4 in. each) and live happily there as long as you shower often enough to get keep it moist while you towel off.
Its designer, Nguyen La Chanh, from Switzerland, says the mat is very relaxing and needs little care. She says: "The idea was to find a new way of having your plants inside."
Miss Nguyen is looking for financial backing so she can mass produce the mat for less than the £220 it cost her to make.
And in case you want to try promoting your own moss in your yard, here's a simple recipe we've been keeping in our bookmarks that will promote moss growth on stone, brick and the like:
Mix up a batch of 12 oz. beer, 1/2 teaspoon of sugar and a couple of clumps of moss. Paint this mixture thickly on any damp shady surface you'd like to be moss covered and the moss will slowly grow and spread.
Originally published 2009-02-03 - CB