Project Chrysalis – from container to textile

Design researcher Michelle Baggerman and material designer Jessica den Hartog present Project Chrysalis: In the Netherlands just a fraction of the 25kg of plastic waste generated p.p.p.y. is recycled. Plastics like PET and PP are increasingly recycled for high-grade applications but HDPE is mostly down-cycled. Project Chrysalis is a research into developing recycled monofilament yarns for closed-loop textile products out of HDPE sourced from household waste.

We aim to increase the potential application of post-consumer HDPE by developing both its functional and aesthetic qualities in textile yarn and show its potential through the design of inspiring product samples.

A presentation by Michelle Baggerman, Design Researcher at Bureau Baggerman.


Question 1: What drives you?
I try not to add surplus to this world of abundance and overconsumption, but try to find creative ways to build on what already exists; to find sustainable alternatives for the way we design and produce.

Question 2: Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
This presentation wil show you (waste) plastic in ways you’ve never considered it before.

Question 3: What emerging technologies / trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
A shift in value perception is slowly starting to emerge, which needs to be expressed in other than financial terms.

Question 4: What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
It’s clear that a focus on profit and growth alone can no longer be sustained. A new balance of values (social, ecological, economical, etc.) could have a positive impact on the planet and all its inhabitants.

Question 5: What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
We’re still very bad at assessing the ‘true cost’ of the products we create. As long as we don’t expand our idea of costs and benefits, we’ll be stuck in the old linear system.

About Michelle Baggerman
Michelle is a curious designer. She takes an intuitive and inquisitive approach and sees every project as a chance for exploration and so combines her design practice with design research. The values of past practices and old techniques inspire her work as well as her taste for science and technology and a great concern for sustainable development. Her projects arise from unlikely intersections of old and new and provide approaches to a better future.

About Bureau Baggerman
Design Research between tech and craft for a sustainable future.

Michelle Baggerman is speaker at the 2022 edition of the Materials 4 Sustainable Fashion Conference.

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