ONTketen - The bio-circular products of tomorrow.
Within the project ONTketen, cleantech start-up Circular Matters and design platform Livable join forces for a circular and bio-based future. Through a matchmaking process, three pioneering production companies work together with design studios on alternative products free of fossil and mined raw materials.
At ONTketen, the three partners - the cleantech start-up Circular Matters, design platform Livable and the social economy company Pro Natura - see sustainability in the broad sense of the word, in ecological, social and economic terms. By combining cross-disciplinary forces, they offer an alternative to our current economic and social system.
On an ecological level, ONTketen stimulates sustainability by working with natural raw materials. Because these come from local residual streams such as reeds and grasses, the project gives a second life to waste and avoids the use of scarce raw materials. Thanks to the developments of Circular Matters, the material can be made 100% from these natural side streams, and the danger of (micro) plastics is completely excluded.
In close consultation with designers and industrial companies, they are looking for ways to integrate a brand new circular material into regular industry. For that material, Circular Matters transforms natural waste streams into a natural biopolymer. It thus forms a healthy and fossil-free alternative to hard plastics or wood-based plates. After an open call, Livable Platform and Circular Matters paired three production companies with three design studios;
NIKO X Esther Van Schuylenbergh
Van Hoecke X Brent Neve & Giel Dedeurwaerder
ETAP X Studio Atelier PART
Since a product can only generate real impact if it has a real market value, all partners have an interest in working collectively towards this goal. In doing so, ONTketen wants to initiate a more ecological model and a different kind of economy, in which there is more room for human creation and meaningful work.
Livable Platform coordinates the entire process and challenges fellow designers and the industry to jointly explore a sustainable alternative, and look for a better balance between people and the environment. In doing so, ONTketen embodies the principles of the 'fourth sector', in which financial, social and ecological objectives go hand in hand.
The results were presented for the first time during Design Fest Gent (22.04 - 01.05), with a closing event on 28 April at 17h in Design Museum Gent.
The project was explained and the designers themselves shared their experience and results through a personal tour.
The prototypes are still in ongoing development. Ontketen is awarded with a Henry van de Velde Award 22 in the category 'Environment'. ONTketen is supported by Flanders states of the art;
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