Biovers buttons
A new identity to waste through biological processes, bacteria, and living organisms
How does it work?
Biovers buttons are created by a bio-transformation system that gives a new identity to waste through biological processes, bacteria, and living organisms. It uses artificial and organic waste to create buttons or other essential products, introduces recycled materials into new markets, and helps reduce natural resources extraction.
Why is it needed?
Vera Banas wanted to create a recycling system that involves as many waste materials as possible to create quality products. She began by extracting terpenic solvent from citrus waste that can reduce the volume of the polystyrene without breaking the polymer chains. Dissolution with terpenic solvents is an efficient and cheap alternative that works at room temperature; Cyanobacterias are also able to produce this type of terpenes. The organic solvent can be regenerated and used again. The process impacts only Polystyrene and can filter the impurities to achieve a pure substance even from contaminated waste. From there, she created three different products: Solid composite material for buttons, fibres made with the method of rotary spinning, and waterproof coating. After the use phase, the products can be digested by bacterias from the mealworms' digestive system, closing the loop in the material lifecycle.
How does it improve life?
So far, 400 buttons have been produced and are tested in q new sustainable fashion collection. In the future, Banas would like to create bio-recycling workshops that collaborate with local designers, manufacturers, and communities to prove that products can be made locally from waste without compromising quality. Introducing new nature-inspired closed-loop systems that might be applied everywhere will help improve responsible production and consumption.