Green Concept Award

Nominated Concepts

MycoColors

We believe in a fungi based future of colors

Colors are everywhere - almost no industrial product succeed without them. But the process of dyeing causes one of the biggest environmental problems on our planet. Most synthetic dyes are toxic, carcinogenic and harmful to the ecosystem. Fungi offer a broad spectrum of natural colors. MycoColors is exploring the potential of fungal based dyes. Primary goals are the development of sustainable extraction and dyeing processes to establish alternative colorants for textiles. Interdisciplinary thinking in the combination of biotech, design and nature is the innovative power of MycoColors.


Company/Institution
TU Berlin, KH Berlin
Country
Germany
Designer(s)
Birke Weber, Friederike Hoberg
Birke studied fashion and textile design. Her focus lies on the question of living in symbiosis with our environment. She combines textile design with the science of fungi. From the interdisciplinary collaboration with biotechnology she opens up possibilities for the design of new materials with living organisms. Nature becomes an active co-designer and unlimited creative force. Friederike is a scientist, working in the field of biological chemistry. Her research of fungi is regarding the applicability of fungi or fungal based products as sustainable resources for biological transformations.
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