"What if we could harness nature to grow products for us like a mollusk creates a pearl ?"
BIOCOUTURE is a design company focused on growing and reusing renewable or waste resources to create materials such as fashion clothing, sportswear and luxury items. The company's goal is to create consumer products from microorganisms like fungi, bacteria, algae, cellulose and fibers like silk in order to create a more sustainable future and consumer market.
BIOCOUTURE is targeting both apparel companies as well as labs and biomaterial producers to start envisioning a future of Biologically created materials. Essentially, BIOCOUTURE is creating a sustainable bridge between Fashion and Technology. BIOCOUTURE's belief that advancements in both fashion and technology will make way for a new market seems like a futuristic concept but one that seems to be highly achievable at the same time.
Current projects include turning crab shells into bicycle helmets, pearls into iPhones and carrots into skateboards! An excerpt from the BIOCOUTURE website:
Crabs into bike helmets?! Well maybe not this week. But the main component of the crab’s exoskeleton is ‘chitin’, similar to cellulose and keratin and used to make ‘chitosan’. Chitosan has been used to create self-healing coatings for car paint. It’s biocompatible, biodegradable and has been used by NASA in space to protect seeds from fungal attack. How might we harness a crustaceans shell to rethink the design and manufacture of protective materials for the human body?
In order for BIOCOUTURE to make such advancements, their team is conducting nonstop research into the latest developments of biomaterials and manufactruring. They are focused on finding materials that can be used in creating consumer products now and in the future. This could be a fascinating way to create a sustainable future and to utilize our resources.