UNchain — Shaping tomorrow's bio-circular products
In the ONTketen project, a transdisciplinary team - the cleantech start-up Circular Matters, design platform Livable and the social economy company Pro Natura - joins forces to tackle social problems such as scarce raw materials, climate change or social inequality.
By combining natural waste streams with a biopolymer to create a circular material, ONTketen stimulates shorter chains and lower CO2 emissions. Together with several production partners and designers, the team is looking for ways to convert that material into a product with a real market value. Cross-fertilisation is at the heart of all phases of this collective research. With this inclusive process, ONTketen wants to initiate a different kind of economy, in which financial, ecological and social goals go hand in hand.
An open call for design talent resulted in 3 matches in which motivated partner companies entered into cooperation with future-oriented designers. The selection was made in close consultation with the partner companies, which ultimately resulted in the retention of three projects;
NIKO X Esther Van Schuylenbergh
Van Hoecke X Brent Neve & Giel Dedeurwaerder
ETAP X Studio Atelier PART
In close cooperation with the companies, designers explore new applications and developments for a bio-based future. The results will be made public during Contemporary Design Market 22.
ONTketen is supported by Flanders states of the art;