Category: Product Design
Title: Sneature - Waste-based Footwear
Name/s: Emilie Burfeind
Medium, Object: Sneaker
University/s: HfG Offenbach
Supervision: Prof. Dr. Markus Holzbach
"Sneature" is the design of a waste-based trainer. Upcycled raw and waste materials were investigated for the development of a biological material cycle. The use of
additive manufacturing methods, such as 3D printing or 3D knitting, allows for both customisation to the user and on-demand production with minimal energy use. The product
reduced to its minimal components consists of a membrane made of chiengora (yarn made from dog hair), a transition area made of natural rubber and a sole made of fungal mycelium. After
After use, "Sneature" is biodegradable and can thus be returned to the natural material cycle as nutrients.
New manufacturing techniques are intelligently used in this work to put waste in the biological material cycle to a new use. The concept is thought through to the end customer.
The concept is thought through to the end customer, so the trainers are not produced in stockpiles, but on demand with the possibility of customisation by the customer. This is also a resource-saving approach.