finding gold in marigold. 

2019 - ongoing

 Green Concept Award 2020 nominee

Featured in Dutch Design Week 2020

The Regenerative List 2020 by Irregular Labs.

 

Flowers are not just a huge part of every festivity, but are also a part of daily prayer rituals in the Indian culture. When in bloom, flowers have a life of about 2 to 3 weeks. Flowers offered to God are replaced every morning. With their bright color, variety of textures, fragrance and attractiveness, they hold immense potential as a resource.

 

The amount of flowers generated in temple systems across India, along with the floral remains post festivals like Diwali and Ganesh Chaturthi, is a large-scale resource generated, that can be made use of as an alternative sustainable material.

Based on the theory of circular economy, an extensive material exploration was carried out using marigold as the starting point, and then using all kinds of flowers collected from temples, shops and homes post the festival of Diwali. The business of flowers and flowers themselves have an ephemeral nature. A sense of transience. Temporarality.

Places of transit - hotels for instance, have an abundance of single use plastic in the form of disposable miniature toiletries, more than 900 million of them end up in landfills every year. The rotting of flowers has been taken advantage of and made into bioplastic composites and compressed into sheets in order to sustainably make, fully biodegradable disposable hotel room amenities.

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