With the help of the bacterium Acetobacter Xylinium I have been transforming potato peel, apple cores and even grass into products of pure nano-cellulose. Bacterial cellulose could be a sustainable alternative to our increasingly precious natural resources and needs to be further explored.
I have experimented with different ways of growing, drying and treating the material, which has been shown to be surprisingly robust and adaptable. To visualize the potential of the material, I have designed and grown some products; aroma tight potato chip packaging that is made from unused potato peel and surplus goods, a range of conductive cellulose cellphone covers and decomposable sanitary pads that can be grown at home with minimal resources.
Growing tips and further information can be found at the project blog:
This is my diploma project at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, spring 2015. The project was selected as finalist for the Designblok Diploma Selection, a competition for the best European diploma work in the fields of product and fashion design. The project was also awarded the “prize for sustainable design” at AHO works, sponsored by Halogen.