“Sustainable Innovation: Bioplastics & Biocomposites” aims to bridge the gap between design, science and sustainability, providing a step towards a sustainable lifestyle. Using the techniques of biofabrication and abundant natural renewable resources from the environment, a range of bioplastics, biocomposites and bioleather has been developed through this project.
These sustainable materials are based on the concepts of circular economy and sustainability, targeting UN Sustainable Development Goals (namely, Climate change, Life on land and Life under water). Main motive behind the student’s work is to develop new, sustainable material utilizing the potential of marine seaweed or algae and organic food waste that fills up the landfills, rots and releases harmful greenhouse gases such as methane, leading to global warming. 100% organic, biodegradable raw materials have been used (which are rich in nutrients, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties) to develop these bio-based materials and plant based organic dyes are used which does not lead to any degradation of land and water. No toxic chemicals are used in the process.
Bioleather developed through this project is very Eco-conscious, and serves as a great alternative to traditional animal-based leather which results in high levels of carbon emissions and land & water degradation. It can be used across different industries such as textiles, apparel, furniture, lifestyle accessories etc. Surface manipulation techniques such as Zardosi embroidery suggests potential involvement of Indian artisans and craft sector, who can contribute to a sustainable & circular economy. Overall, these bio-based sustainable materials represent revival and renewal of life.
Bio-based materials, Biofabrication, Circular Economy, Circular material design, Sustainability