The future is biodegradable

“The future is plastic.” That is what the world believed over one hundred years ago when the first synthetic plastic was invented in 1907. This new durable, flexible, and lightweight material promised an easier life and cheaper products. Much to our dismay, the future has been indeed plastic as it is a ubiquitous part of our daily lives. A material we are constantly disposing of but follows us everywhere we go. Littered across sidewalks, in rivers, in oceans, and in our own guts. The ultimate design flaw of plastic is that it doesn’t degrade. At least not in our lifetimes. Or our children’s. Or our grandchildren’s. And many many generations after that. Why would we use a permanent material for things we want to be temporary?

The Biosphere Cellulose Kitchen project explores how the production of bacterial cellulose, as a replacement for single-use plastic, could be integrated into our everyday routines. In between doing your laundry and taking out the trash, you could be fermenting, washing, and drying cellulose right at home. While this exhibition shows how individuals can replace their single-use plastic waste with cellulose, the ultimate goal is to develop new methods and tools that empower manufacturers to produce biomaterials at scale.

The exhibition is concocted by Biosphere Atlanta, whose mission is to create a more equitable and rewarding future for Atlanta over the next 100 years, through applied research, design, and community engagement
Atlanta, GA, USA  33° N -84° W