Kombucha applications at IDC

Teammembers: Emile Deprez (UGent) & Amber Hochepied (UGent) & Wout Musshe (UGent)

Coaches: Jasper (GLIMPS) + UGent (Francesca)

The challenge

Annually over 350,000,000 cow hides are used for leather production leading to a big environmental impact, which requires the development of sustainable alternatives. The use of bacteria and yeast to grow a sustainable alternative could be one of the options to replace animal-based leather, thereby merging the fields of material design and biology. Unfortunately, the application of such leather like materials still remains difficult to scale, as the technical performance of the materials still remains unsure. The goal of working with bacterial leather is to prototype with the material in the design atelier and find ways to optimise the material for further application in the design process.

  • How can we introduce this knowledge in our IO curriculum? 

  • How should the prototyping and use of kombucha leather be organised in a design atelier? 

  • How can we engage different stakeholders and actors in this mission? How can we make this a self-sustainable system?

  • ...

The results

a. Overview

  • Instructions on website 

  • Instruction video

  • Experimenting and prototyping with samples

  • DIY-kit for Kombucha

  • Documenting the process (weekly highlights)

  • Stakeholder mapping (miro board)

  • Small LCA

  • Sample for sample board in IDC

b. DIY-kits

Deze Kit is af te halen in het IDC. Ook wij zullen op dat moment aanwezig zijn om vragen te beantwoorden. Het is mogelijk de kit naar huis mee te nemen, of in het IDC je batch in gang te steken!

 

Maak gebruik van dit moment om zelf eens je eigen leer te maken. Het proces is even leuk als het eindresultaat! Zelf als je er uiteindelijk niets mee zal doen, is het iets om zeker op je bucketlist te plaatsen. De ervaring om je eigen materiaal te maken is onvervangbaar!

 

Het stappenplan en het filmpje vind je hier.

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d. Learning by prototyping

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Process