Annelies de Leede

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210,000 tons of textile waste is produced in the Netherlands every year - that is equivalent to 350,000,000 pairs of jeans. There are opportunities to use this waste stream as a resource for new materials in a circular economy, however. One such new material is the biocomposite RECURF. This material was developed within the Urban Technology research programme at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and consists of a combination of non-rewearable textile fibres and a bio-based plastic. The BiOrigami project sought to explore and develop architectural applications for this new circular biocomposite. Combining Japanese origami with digital production technology, BiOrigami explores possible functional, flexible applications of the biocomposite in interior products with high experiential value for use in circular-economy architecture. Origami techniques give the material important characteristics, making it more constructive and flexible with enhanced acoustic qualities. The use of digital production techniques enables serial production, which could be scaled up at a later stage.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12 - 17
JournalInnovative materials
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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