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(Archive) KUORI, waste turns material

This project was part of DDW 2021
Sarah Kim Harbarth

KUORI‘s goal is to develop a biodegradable, sustainable material using the banana peel in combination with a biopolymer, following the concept of a circular economy. The focus lies on the development of a shoe outsole without (!) microplastic abrasion according to the cradle-to-cradle principle.

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The banana is one of Europe's most popular fruits. We import the tropical banana fruit in huge quantities, 20-30 days, constantly refrigerated. So why not use the banana peel as valuable resource instead of throwing 1/3 of the fruit away?
This is exactly where we come in at KUORI. In recent years, it has become clear that alternatives for materials such as animal leather or non-degradable plastic must be found.
The excessive consumption of natural resources, the use of non-degradable materials, the pollution of nature, these are all issues that we can and have to change. Furthermore, every single person rubs off 109 grams of microplastic every year. With 83 million people walking in Germany, alone this adds up to 8.3 millions kg of microplastic that enter nature every year just by walking.
Good News? We want to revolutionise the footwear industry by thinking differently. We strive to design products with natural, degradable materials - a circular economy is the future of our everyday life.


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