Post Carbon Lab

Bacterial Pigment Dyeing and Photosynthesis Coating

Catering to the urgent need of change within the fashion industry, Post Carbon Lab is launching their service pilots of two pioneering microbiological processes for sustainable and regenerative fashion applications: Bacterial Pigment Dyeing and Photosynthesis Coating on fabrics and garments. Along with their service pilot launch, they are showcasing the upcycled textile-bioreactors made out of foraged waste materials — e.g., inner bike tubes and windows — from the urban households across London. Designer fashion pieces that are coated with photosynthetic microorganisms and dyed with pigment-producing bacteria are also on display. If you fancy an upgrade for any boring or outdated attire, Post Carbon Lab is ready to revamp your old T-shirts, tote bags or accessories into not only colourful and stylish pieces but also living and photosynthesising wearables that mitigate your carbon footprints.
Post Carbon Lab, founded by Dian-Jen Lin and Hannes Hulstaert, is a transdisciplinary design research studio with a focus on sustainability and dignity. Starting with theoretical prompts and investigating with empirical data collection, they excel at Applied Speculative Design — reframing real-world problems with transformative tech and wild-card thinking. By identifying the right question to ask, they use design as a medium to examine the multi-futures of humanity and scrutinise the need for design and its inherent ecological and social responsibilities. Transdisciplinarity and collaboration are quintessential to Post Carbon Lab. They have collaborated with partners from The Natural History Museum, The Francis Crick Institute, A/D/O New York, etc.

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