2021
New York

/ Biomaterial Design
/ Circular Design
/ Experimentative Approach

Imagining a new purpose for wood waste through bio-garment design


Can wood waste become a sustainable solution for the highly polluted fashion industry? Wood waste is the second largest construction and demolition debris. 'Dusric' uses this waste as the main ingredient of a new bio-fabric.





Finding Purpose to Waste
Can wood waste become a sustainable solution for the highly polluted fashion industry?

Wood waste is the second largest construction and demolition debris. 'Dusric' uses this waste as the main ingredient of a new bio-fabric.

Dusric aims to bring a new perspective into wood, beyond its known abilities, a possibility to become a new variant of faux-leather. Dusric further questions the materials' lifecycles of both furniture and fashion design, creating a negative environmental impact, and hope to highlight the possible sustainable and positive impact we can make through an interdisciplinary approach to waste management.






Process
First time working with biomaterials, I researched the properties of wood and its components. Through constant experimentation with natural compounds such as agar agar and glycerin, I have designed the textile version of Dusric. It contains sawdust and bark extracts which go through few steps before they become solified and dried in order to get the textile version.









Acknowledgments
Many thanks to Professor John-Michael Ekeblad for his support and  fellow classmates at the Pratt Institute for sharing their knowledge of bio-material design.