Healthier Futures: The Economy of Biodesign

How are designers and manufacturers confronting the complex and intersectional crises of our time, such as global warming and climate change?

Parsons Healthy Materials Lab welcomes four designers who will present their research and their process of using bio-based materials to design alternatives to petrochemically based products, and will discuss the challenges of implementing radical change in the market place.

Dan Grushkin of the Biodesign Challenge will frame the Biodesign conversation and discuss why there is a growing interest in the field. Aleksandra Gosiewski of AlgiKnit is advocating for change in the textile industry through the creation of alternative textiles. Jack Dinning of Grow Squares and Donghia healthier Materials Library is exploring alternatives to packaging and containers, and Chelsea Briganti of Loliware is tackling plastic waste with bio-based straws.

All of the participants will discuss the importance of innovation and the industry challenges they face.

Reception to follow.

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