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SUSTAINABLE DESIGN GUIDE -

2020/Elsa-Neumann-Stipendium

„Most commodities live longer than their creators and consumers alike-for even a simple plastic bag will outlive us all many times over. [...] Therefore, as all objects that enter into this world are commodities, we must realize that this is not our world, but theirs.“ *

BACKGROUND

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/ A nylon fabric takes up to 40 years. A rubber boot sole up to 80 years & polyester fabric up to 200 years. None of them are biodegradable. During this time they break down into tiny particles of their materiality. **

The increasing number of lifetime-graphics with mostly hypothetical values, ​​symbolize a growing awareness among the consumer nations, that commodities made from materials of the technosphere (e.g. plastics) are already a serious threat to our world, which is at the limit of reproduction and capacity.

Recycling as an all-round solution should counteract this problem.

 

But only a minor percentage of plastics is regenerated by recycling companies (less than 10% worldwide ***). Furthermore, there is no guarantee that consumed goods will ultimately be added to the recycling cycle by the consumer.

We face a man-made problem where the man-made solution fails.

[* S.25,Neomaterialism,2013; Joshua Simon]

CONCEPT

how to work with scoby!

/ In this project, a more radical different design-approach is explored in order to counteract the problem of durable & environmentally-harmful commodities. The basis for this is the equally radical scenario that the consumer dumps the commodity directly (willfully or unintentionally) into the biosphere.

 

In response to this scenario, a series of integrally designed objects is being developed, which combine several sustainable design strategies, all together with the goal of 100% biodegradability in top of priority.

The start of each object-concept is the use of a natural & locally produced material called 'Scoby', which use brings a lot of benefits in all strategic points.

Integrated into this project a multi-part guide will be created, with the goal to encourage people to work with sustainable design processes. The content of the guide will include the explanation of each strategy & its exemplary implementation visualized throw the manufacturing of the object series.

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PROGRESS

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