These sunglasses are made out of bacteria
Typically, when someone mentions bacteria, it conjures up scary images of infection. But we forget bacteria can be very, very good! As an example, Italian Biodesign Researcher Cinzia Ferrari, eternally curious and armed with a degree in design, used her biodesign knowledge and skills to turn bacteria into sunglasses frames.
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Called CyanoFabbrica, the project is based on the intrinsic characteristics of cyanobacteria.
“I chose to make sunglasses frames as the output for my project, which combines my interest in transparency of design communications and innovation practices,” Ferrari said. “The sunglasses sector is a field where greenwashing is common and undetected. It is also a market that is expected to grow, due to increasing concerns against UV rays and the growing popularity of glasses as a fashion item.”
The resulting sunglass frames speak against wasteful processes with the ability to constantly grow more material. Plus, the sunglasses pieces can be recycled at the end of their life, when the components of the CyanoFabbrica products can be broken down and used as a basis for new enzyme growth.