Harnessing the potential of Human Hair

The New Age of Trichology
(Pending editorial review)
United Kingdom (London)
Human hair is a natural resource that will be increasing in the future since the world’s population is rapidly rising. The UK alone ‘creates’ around 6.5 million kilograms of human hair waste annually, which mostly ends up in landfill or slowly decays in the environment. This causes several problems for both the environment and human health, releasing toxic gasses and choking the drainage system. However, human hair has many valuable properties; it has a high tensile strength, is thermally insulating, flexible, oil-absorbent and is light weight. This project explores the pure potential of hair as a raw material, reducing waste, environmental problems and the pressure on other non-renewable materials. The project consists of a range of utilitarian objects and tools that helps create a system all the way from collection through to the end application.
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Makerversity (28 March 2018)

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Makerversity is Europe's most exciting community of emergent maker businesses. Our mission is to inspire and support makers and grow communities of maker businesses in city centres around the world. Makerversity does two things: build and run awesome spaces for professional makers, combining co-working space with clean and messy workshop space, machines and tools. Really it’s about people. Our spaces bring together people with all kinds of creative and technical expertise, and members work together, play together and inspire each other. Makerversity also run learning programmes for young people to inspire the next generation of creative and practical minds and increase the diversity within the creative industries.

Project leader

Sanne Visser

The New Age of Trichology
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