New MattersA biodegradable Capsule Collection
The material choice alone can account for up to 95% of a product’s environmental and social footprint.“ (Kering, 2018). Currently there is still a big gap regarding the availability of healthy materials and fashion products that are circular and inspired by Cradle to Cradle design philosophy. Algae as positive impact materials have been explored in material labs or textiles, but are not yet used for wearable garments in a fully circular collection.
The project tackles this challenge by using algae as a raw material to develop a range of healthy new materials. New Matters helps transform an efficiency discussion in sustainability to eco-effectiveness and material health. The slowness of lab-made materials offer an antipole and alternative to fast fashion and inspire a mindset shift.
VON TAUBEN & SPATZEN (Germany)
Based in Berlin, Von Tauben & Spatzen is a creative design and research studio exploring, analysing, and designing with and through healthy materials. We curate and consult on circular and sustainable fashion, textiles and materials for a positive impact following the Cradle to Cradle design agenda. The founder, Sarah Maria Schmidt holds the degrees Sustainability in Fashion (MA), a BA in Design/Fashion Design and a Bachelor of Culture & Arts and diverse industry experience.
MATERIAL DESIGN LAB (Denmark)
As an interdisciplinary space for material understanding and experimentation with facilities for hands-on material studies, Material Design Lab facilitates technical and artistic material experience and exploration through education, research, development and showcasing of materials.