KUORI‘s goal is to develop a biodegradable, sustainable alternative material using the waste product banana peel in combination with a biopolymer, following the concept of a circular economy. The focus lies on the development of an alternative shoe outsole without microplastic abrasion according to the cradle-to-cradle (C2C) principle.
The awareness of problems such as microplastics and the linear, one-time use of resources resulting in large amounts of waste is rising rapidly and future-oriented solutions are needed. KUORI stands out thanks to its ability to create one solution that solves three problems: the banana peel seen as «waste» product is upcycled, the total amount of microplastics entering nature is reduced, and the C2C approach keeps precious resources in the life cycle.
KUORI‘s uniqueness stems from the following points:
- The properties of banana peel fibres are used for a biobased and biodegradable material
- The shoe industry is revolutionized by linking innovative material science with new technologies
We at KUORI believe that any product should be designed with natural, biodegradable materials - a circular economy is the future.
Since the start of the official pilot phase with funding by the Gebert Rüf Stiftung in September 21, many milestones have been achieved. We conducted a patent research with the IGE, started our intensive research at the Institute for Polymer Processing and Sustainability (IKT) and procured the necessary materials. Our research team now consists of four members who created a first material prototype as a combination of a biopolymer and dried banana peel and trials are being set up to test the prototype’s profile and its further processing. Furthermore, we are preparing a LCA together with IBRE to start the calculations in December. Regarding our online presence, we developed our website http://www.kuori.ch
and created an official Instagram and LinkedIn account. To prepare for a first shoe prototype, we established a partnership with a German sustainable shoe company who would produce a first test series in their factory. Lastly, we won the Impact Hub Basel Incubator Program for 2022 and the main prize as well as audience award at an event by Innovation Basel. To ensure continued funding, we are currently applying at other foundations and discussing options with investors.
Am Projekt beteiligte Personen
Sarah Kim Harbarth
, Idea & Project LeadTaja Bornand
, Business & Strategy LeadTobias Tschichold
, Technical Realisation
External Project Partners:
Material Design: Prof. Dr. Christian Rytka
Technical Realisation: Simone Battaglia
Graphic Design and Communication: Benjamin Kunz
R&D Support: Lucca Koller
IT Support: Florian Frei und Nicolas Järmann
Fashion Support: Marie Klock
Letzte Aktualisierung dieser Projektdarstellung 21.12.2021