Understanding Biodesign, Biomaterials and Biodegradability
This 17 minute lesson helps you understand what biodesign, biomaterials and biodegradability mean, under the umbrella of regenerative textiles. Cassie Quinn is a designer, maker and researcher under self-founded consultancy and studio CQ Studio. Cassie joins us to impart wisdom and clear up some complex terminology that is frankly bandied about within all industries as a marketing point for sustainability. But how can you actually utilise biomaterials and biodesign for a product that is supposed to last many years, for instance shoes, accessories or soft furnishings? Or what and how should you design if you want your materials to biodegrade quickly, such as with certain fast fashion items?
This is an illuminating Lesson that will debunk terms, give practical guidance on using biomaterials, and raise awareness on how they fit into current (and future) systems.
In this Lesson you will learn:
- An introduction to Cassie and her studio
- What regenerative means in terms of agriculture and textiles
- What Biodesign means
- The scaleability of Biodesign in industry
- The limitations and issues when working with biomaterials
- The importance of communication and educating consumers and stakeholders
- Circularity in Biodesign
- Conditions for Biodegradability and the Meaning of Anaerobic
- Advice for designers looking to work with Biomaterials
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Agraloop™: Producing and Working with BioFibreswith Ricardo Garay
In this Technical Tutorial, guest expert Ricardo Garay the Project Co-Ordinator for the Agraloop™ arm of the materials science company Circular Systems, joins us to explain what Agraloop™ is, how it is challenging the circular fashion system, and how you as a designer or brand can utilise its fascinating waste food-crop fibre.
Biomimicry: How Can Nature Revolutionise Designwith Ehab Sayed
We talk to Ehab Sayed from Biohm - a research and development led company that places biological systems at the heart of its inspiration to create a healthy and more sustainable environment. Biohm creates bio-based materials, biomimetic construction systems, and undertake additional services and research. Ehab imparts knowledge on utilising waste and biomaterials to create a positive and circular product.
How Fashion Can Have A Positive Impact On Biodiversitywith Stephanie Steele
As part of the seminar programme at the Future Fabrics Expo over the last couple of days (29th-30th January 2020), topics of conversation and discussion were excitingly about regenerative economies and restoration of our planet. Fashion is finally starting to consider the impact it is having on the land, so in this session those working in responsible standards and also in fashion business came together to discuss how fashion can have a positive impact in saving the oceans, restoring biodiversity and improving soil health.
This session was on Day 2 of the 9th Future Fabrics Expo as part of the seminar series in partnership with Parley. Panellist were Phoebe English (designer), Hanna Denes from Textile Exchange and Sarah Compson of Soil Association, moderated by Jessica Sweidan of Synchronicity Earth.
Introduction to Bioplastic for Packagingwith Avishag Seligman
TIPA, an Israeli startup co-founded in 2010 by Daphna Nissenbaum, develops and produces fully compostable flexible packaging using breakthrough technology. TIPA offers viable solutions for the replacement of conventional flexible plastic. Their products cover a wide array of applications from fresh produce to apparel, and ensure requirements are met in terms of durability, transparency and print. The packaging emulates conventional plastic with a certified fully compostable end-of-life, undergoing the same degradation process as organic matter. TIPA is a company tackling the plastic issue head-on, with a preventative solution to end conventional flexible plastic accumulation and pollution.
Here we learn more about TIPA's mission and products with the Marketing Manager Avishag Seligman, and the Content Manager Sarah Winkler.
Understanding How To Use Bio and Waste-Based Materialswith Material Driven
We were joined by the founding partners of MaterialDriven, a design agency and materials library to learn from Adele and Purva how to and why we should work with so-called "healthy materials": those that are bio-based, waste-based and envelop responsible practices and positive impacts in their production and life cycle.
Recycled materials that come from synthetic-based i.e. fossil fuel feedstocks provide us with a comparative outcome that will slot easily into various applications, including fashion though also stretching to buildings and furniture. When it comes to "biomaterials", "bio-based materials" and "waste-based materials" there is a lot of uncertainty in a realm that feels new. There are innovations abounding here, but in actual fact, a lot of the technology and feedstocks are based on traditional methods and materials, just updated to be, for instance, beneficial in a circular system.
MaterialDriven provide a materials library, education and consultancy for brands and designers across all industries, including architecture, interiors, packaging, fashion and product design. In this lesson, Adele and Purva take us through the exciting materials commercially available on the market, along with considerations to make if you are interested in using them for your own product, and how these less-known feedstocks can have positive impacts socially, economically and environmentally. Along with providing you with a USP, if you can understand how to utilise healthy materials over synthetics or recycled synthetics, it will provide you with a much more creative and systemic approach to design.
Working Responsibly And Collaboratively With Leather And Biomaterialswith Stephanie Steele
In our August 2020 panel discussion, we were joined by two material researchers and multi-disciplinary designers to talk about leather, biomaterials, and sustainable accessories. Covered in this talk was Alice Robinson's fascinating work on zero waste farm-to-fashion leather production and the opportunities for biomaterials across various industries with Materiom's Zoe Powell.
About our speakers
Alice Robinson is a multi-disciplinary designer, maker and researcher who created a zero-waste supply chain from animal to food to accessories through her Royal College of Art graduate collection 'Sheep 11458' and subsequent project, 'Bullock 374' that was shown as part of the V&A Museum's 2019 exhibition, Food: Bigger Than the Plate. Check out her work here.
Zoe Powell is a material researcher working, for the last 10 years, on facilitating projects in a variety of industries, with a focus on the reduction of waste through circular and creative resource use. Zoe works at Materiom, an open-source recipe and data platform that works with materials made from abundant sources of natural ingredients.
**Please be aware that the video and key takeaways contain descriptions of processes within the leather and meat industries.**
Tierra: building the first ever bio-fuel jacket from castor beans, corn, Tencel and nutswith Erik Isaksson
Tierra is a Swedish outdoor clothing brand known for their innovative approaches to design and environmental consciousness. In 2017, the brand turned its attention to the use of fossil fuels and took a stand by developing a jacket completely free from any fossil fuel-based material. A revelation for the performance wear market, where synthetic fabrics sourced from oil reign supreme, the Deterra Jacket caused quite a stir as the first-ever 100% bio-based jacket made from castor beans, wool, corn, Tencel, cotton and corozo nuts.
In this interview with Erik Isaksson, Product Development Manager at Tierra, we find out how the brand created a performance jacket using sustainable and locally produced materials, how they marketed the product and more about this brilliant sustainable activewear business.