LL re-search: Sonnet155, the "temporary" bag created with discarded peelings

Sixth appointment with the new column of Leather & Luxury, a journey in search of innovative materials, techniques and processes, undertaken with the designer Bettina Grampa.

Today the focus will be on: 100% biodegradable bags created with waste peels.

A fabric similar to translucent leather but with the peculiarity of being totally biodegradable. The Sonnet 155 project by Johanna Hehemeyer-Cürten and Lobke Beckfeld, German researchers with a background in Fashion and Textile Design and a passion for the development of materials, seeks to strike a balance between the use and durability of fashion products.

From their vision comes Sonnet 155, a line of bags made from materials that are completely biodegradable because they are made from a mixture of cellulosic production waste from the textile industry and pectin, a polysaccharide of vegetable origin found in fruit peels (and is a by-product of juice production). In addition to being biodegradable, both materials can be sourced locally leading to sustainable material innovation fully integrated into a biological life cycle. 

The material has the visual and tactile appearance of a translucent skin with the advantage of eventually biodegrading in water or soil. So the bag can be worn and used until it starts to dissolve.


(Photo©Johanna Hehemeyer-Cürten)

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