Transforming Potato Peels for Sustainable Fashion

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Discovering a new material that can be applied in fashion production is hugely exciting, and never more so than when the material comes from an unusual source. Our guest this month discusses their revolutionary technology which has the potential to use agricultural waste for sustainable production in the fashion industry.

“We really want to be the material that can be used across the fashion industry.”

Rob Nicoll is a material lead designer, and co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Chip[s] Board. Seeking an eco-friendly alternative to MDF, Rob and his partners set about devising a sustainable and non-toxic product made from agricultural waste. Using waste potato peelings supplied by chip manufacturers McCain UK, Chip[s] Board is a material innovation company with a product range targeted at the fashion and design industries. Their aim is to work with the cycles of nature, taking into account the sometimes necessary short life-cycles of a product. Their biodegradable materials are developed with the aim to vastly reduce the enormous environmental impact generated by material disposal.


In this video you'll learn:

  • The processes behind innovative materials made from agricultural and food waste
  • The lifespan of the Chip[s] Board products
  • How Chip[s] Board materials can be applied to fashion garments
  • The challenges for a business working on the cutting edge of material innovation

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