Apple leather curtain

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Elze Kurtinaityte
Biowaste organic leather curtain

Short Description

Apple skin was an idea to repurpose organic biowaste to create a new life for leftover pulp.

Detailed Description

Apple skin was an idea to repurpose organic biowaste to create a new life for leftover pulp. At first, created for the sole purpose to be a construction material.

Through many tryouts and research, there was a developed way to make the waste dry enough, without collecting moisture, or mold, and is stiff enough, so that it does not rip or tear apart.

In the production stages, there was noticed that the best apple leather was from organic and chemically untouched scrap. In research it was discovered that the most acceptable option for creating such material was low heat, long drying time curation in the electric oven, making it easy and affordable enough for it to be made in everyday households.

In the final stages, the curtain provides shade in sunny areas, is thick enough to not pass through the wind, and is 100 percent sustainable.

Project Details

Does your design support sustainable production, embodying circular or regenerative design practices?

Apple leather is made mainly from apple pulp, which is a waste of human consumption. Making the material is affordable and accessible for the masses as the leather is biowaste and the curation of the apple skin is accessible for many people as many households have ovens. In other instances, the curtain can be produced under the sun in broad daylight in high-temperature areas.

Does your design use principles of distribution and open source?

Apple is a common fruit that grows in many different parts of Europe as well as outside of Europe. Pulp is a waste substance that is unavoidable in many different manufacturing companies, and process stages, and is a general biowaste of human consumption.

Does your design promote awareness of responsible design and consumption?

Apple leather waste stops the end chain for this fruit. It takes the excess substance and continues the process of repurposing the squander.