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Bio-Based Materials: Physical and Digital Sample Collection

Earley, Rebecca and Forst, Laetitia and Hornbuckle, Rosie and Goldsworthy, Kate (2021) Bio-Based Materials: Physical and Digital Sample Collection. Project Report. Horizon 2020.

Type of Research: Report
Creators: Earley, Rebecca and Forst, Laetitia and Hornbuckle, Rosie and Goldsworthy, Kate

The Materials Collection and the Bio-Based Material Lifecycle Map
This deliverable is based on knowledge and information acquired through gathering and analysing a sample collection of biomaterials. The 90+ references that were col-lected represent a range of feedstocks and processes as well as end of life trajecto-ries for bio-based materials. The sample collection provides the basis for a design-led understanding of the challenges and opportunities for bio-based materials in a circular and local context, grounding the research in the experience of interacting with the ma-terials. Using the samples to support conversation with material providers and HEREWEAR experts, a categorisation emerged that could describe the bio-material life cycle. The visual representation shown in figure 1 guides much of the description of bio-based materials and processes in section 4 of this report. This section of the report first lays out a definition of bio-based that is suited to the HEREWEAR project, incorporating description of biomaterials and bio-synthetic textiles, then it uses the life cycle map to detail this understanding of the material category. The visualisation is complemented with a definition of each stage of the lifecycle and the different process-es available for bio-based materials within it. It is offered as a working tool to support the next stages of the research. The samples from the collection are then presented in the context of their availability timeframe, to highlight the challenges for designers when wanting to access and use them.

The Bio TEN Guidelines
This deliverable also presents the first iteration of the design guidelines that will be used with the HEREWEAR partners and community. They have been created through a process of bringing together multiple existing sustainable and circular guidelines from within and outside of the HEREWEAR project, to create a thorough reframing of the field, issues and challenges. The framework has been adapted to fit the requirements of circular bioeconomy contexts – making using regenerative resources, with minimal toxicity, for extended life products, all with clear end-of-life routes identified from the outset. In addition, the guidelines have been written to enable design stakeholders to understand how bio-based materials made from waste can be produced, used and re-used in local and regional contexts. The guidelines have been written by aligning the framing to the work going on in the other HEREWEAR workpackages, to ensure they are rigorously tested through the project work. All these elements together make the Bio TEN guidelines unique and suitable for the needs of the design stakeholders who will be using them.

Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Horizon 2020
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Chelsea College of Arts
Research Centres/Networks > Centre for Circular Design (CCD)
Date: 28 June 2021
Funders: European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme No.101000632
Digital Object Identifier: 10.58129/r682-9154
Related Websites: https://herewear.eu/
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Date Deposited: 23 May 2023 13:03
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2023 09:10
Item ID: 20115
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/20115

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