Why do we trust plastic more with our health than bio-based materials?
As our largest organ, the skin is the receptor of all external influences outside the body. Interestingly enough, we surround ourselves with petroleum-based or fabricated materials. It is still largely unknown how a combination of all the chemicals that we touch on a daily basis influences our health. There are current researches that can prove that the chemicals are able to edit our DNA. Which negatively influences our endocrinological system; responsible for our mood.
The current pandemic is challenging us to rethink which materials we choose to surround ourselves with. Not only for a better planet but also for the health of our fellow beings. What is necessary for us humans to live responsibly and in connection with nature?
For my (ongoing) research I have focused on the popular Kombucha Funghi; the SCOBY. Which is a liquid brew containing bacteria and yeast. Together, fermenting a sugar-based liquid (such as tea) into a highly-dense probiotic drink.
The lockdown situation is an important moment to reflect on our relationship with natural materials. What is our reaction towards the material when we discover it is 100% natural? Will we explore, suspect, ignore or become fascinated by the endless possibilities of the material? Perhaps we change our attitude and start learning from organisms and perhaps we can start developing a system for co-living for mutual beneficial health.
Luckily, a lot of designers have started to experiment with the material. Developing a leather-like material that is 100% biodegradable. Now, the challenge lies in finding methods of integrating it within our daily lives. The public installation "The Cellulose mirror" is a first attempt at doing so.
The Cellulose Mirror
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