Mushroom Helmet - Sturzhelm aus Pilzen

Bio-Circular Materials for the Design Industry

International Youth Sustainability Innovation Summit · Dameisha Vanke Center · Shenzhen/China

4 November 2023

We are in a transformation process away from a linear understanding of production and economy towards a circular economy. Products and the used materials should be kept in closed cycles as long as possible. In this context, numerous new circular business models with innovative products are currently being established. Concepts such as reuse, repair and recycle are becoming increasingly important.

Bio-circular innovations arise at the interface between biology and technology

The main aim is to clarify who is responsible for the use of a product, who is the actual owner of a used resource and how will the used materials return to the producer. If this is not easy to organize for products with a short live such as packaging, clothing or design items, bio-circular materials will be of particular importance in the future.

This refers to materials that consist of renewable resources and can decompose naturally without leaving any residue at the end of the product life cycle. Whether foams for furniture made from algae, leather substitutes produced by bacteria for bags, sheet materials made from fish scales or crash helmets from mushroom: We are currently experiencing the most far-reaching material innovations for the biological cycle at the interfaces between the classical materials science and biology.

In his lecture Hon.-Prof. Dr. Sascha Peters will present some of the most amazing material innovations of recent times and explain circular application contexts. In doing so, he discusses some astonishing resources that were not taken into account in a linear economic system, but are of far-reaching importance in a circular model.

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image: My Helmet – Crash helmet from mushroom (design: Studio MOM)