Wa

Wa

circular clothing

We aim to meet the challenges of our times by developing innovative products in which commercial success is integrated with, and promotes, social, ecological and cultural development. We want to achieve this by exploring the application possibilities of biomaterials.

 

Concept

Background

It is estimated that today, 1 in every eight people still have no access to electric energy, a problem that has a big impact rural areas in developing countries, that is why “Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy” is the UN’s 7th sustainable development goal and one of the biggest global environmental and health challenges today.
Most common attempts for renewable and sustainable energy sources are facing unexpected environmental challenges considering the growing need for energy. They affect wildlife, plant population and people’s lives and perception of landscapes in a negative way.

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Worldwide material consumption increase between 2015 and 2017

Consideration

PROGRESS OF GOAL 12 IN 2019

Worldwide material consumption has expanded rapidly, as has material footprint per capita, seriously jeopardizing the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 12 and the Goals more broadly. Urgent action is needed to ensure that current material needs do not lead to the overextraction of resources or to the degradation of environmental resources, and should include policies that improve resource efficiency, reduce waste and mainstream sustainability practices across all sectors of the economy.

Source: Report of the Secretary-General, Special edition: progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

We are designing the future of alternative energy sources, by combining synthetic biology and design.

Our Blog

Koji

Koji

Our fourth material trial was a test we designed ourseleves. Since mycelyum has become so popular we wanted to test if a fungi like Koji could have similar properties and maybe become a material itself.   Because it's so easy to find in Japan, finding a material...

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Agar bioplastic

Agar bioplastic

For our third .    Tools Cooker/stove/hotplate, Teaspoon, Measuring Cup, Cooking pot, Scale, Thermometer, Stirring spoon, Flat surface Method Step one Mix all of the ingredients together in a pot in the amounts above, and stir until agar and glycerol dissolve in...

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Kombucha fabric

Kombucha fabric

Our second test of material was Kombucha fabric.    Step one Boil the water, the let cool to below 30° celcius.  Add the tea and sugar, and infuse for 5 min.  Do not use hot tea in the preparation (above 35 ° C), as it can kill the bacterial culture.   Step...

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The Team

Matthew Waldman

Matthew Waldman

KMD Professor

Asuka Muramatsu

Asuka Muramatsu

KMD Master Student

Catalina Lotero

Catalina Lotero

KMD Master Student

Scientific Advisors

  • Kurarey
  • Tokyo Gas

References

 

 

Gen Z:Building New Beauty What the next-generation consumer wants from your brand and your products By Laura Saunter & Jemma Shin, WGSN Beauty & Insight

 

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We aim to meet the challenges of our times by developing innovative products in which commercial success is integrated with, and promotes, social, ecological and cultural development. We want to achieve this by exploring the application possibilities of biomaterials.

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