Edible cutlery, organic burial, spider silk for football helmets & hearing aids, bellybutton bacteria, Elon Musk biobased surfboards: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of August 8th

August 9, 2018 |

#2 Biobased products from human hair, belly button bacteria

In London, design publication Dezeen has featured several disgusting—but renewable—products using materials form the human body.
Several of the ground-breaking designers featured used human hair. Hungary’s Krisztina Czika produced 15 mugs from wax and human hair harvested from four donors as part of a Gerrit Rietveld Academie project. Zsofia Kollar created scented objects from human hair, including a hanging and a necklace, while Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves used hair and natural resin to produce a range of glasses, combs, and vases.
Alice Potts bedazzled ballet shoes and a sports jersey with crystals made from the human sweat, while Ted Lawson used blood to paint a nude self-portrait.
The listicle got progressively grosser. Sinae Kim recycled 280 liters of human urine into bladder-shaped vases. Not to be outdone, Christina Agapakis and Sissel Tolaas produced cheese from bacteria from tears, the nose, and belly buttons.
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