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Kera-Plast / Bio-Material/Materialdesign/Biodesign

Kera-Plast
Kera-Plast

Kera-Plast is a stiff, biodegradable material based on a renewable resource: Cut Human Hair.
The keratin-based material is generated by merging traditional textile techniques with thermo-compression molding. After treatment with a reduction agent, the hair fibers even glue together without any additional binders due to heat, water, and pressure.
The result is a stiff material, reminding on plastic due to the shiny, water-repellent surface and translucency. It offers various pattern and 3D surface design possibilities. By introducing human hair as a common material base Kera-Plast proposes a mindset and systems towards a holistic circularity.

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University of Borås

University of Borås
Borås, Sweden

Romy Kaiser,
University of Borås