Selected by Neom.
This material exploration offers a new point of view by looking at nature not only in the search for virgin and primary resources, but by analysing the ones it seems to discard. Composting is a popular option for fallen leaves, as it allows them to break down naturally and be turned into nutrient-rich soil that can be used for regenerating nature, but it is a practice that is only slowly developing in cities. The production of Leaf Skin looks at another opportunity for regenerative design in both small and large scale production.
Depending on the specific city and its waste management policies, fallen leaves may be collected by city workers and taken to a composting facility where they are turned into nutrient-rich soil that can be used in public parks and gardens. In other cases, leaves may be collected and sent to a landfill or incinerator for disposal.
Leaf Skin sees an opportunity to enhance the regenerative cycle of nature instead of introducing it in the human process of "take, make and dispose" and proposes an alternative to non degradable plastics and their damage.
Biomaterial exploration of leave-based bioplastics, focusing on one of the most common tree leaves in Spain