The best eco designers at work today 

For a designer, Natsai Audrey Chieza spends a lot of time poring over a petri dish. But biodesign – using biological systems to create a design with a better ecological performance – involves understanding on a molecular level as well as the grand scheme. Chieza’s focus is changing the dye process used in the textile industry with the help of bacteria. At the biodesign studio she founded, Faber Futures, they’re studying streptomyces coelicolor. This bacterium, typically found in soil, produces pigment and can grow directly on to fabric. This means it could potentially be used to make a colourfast dye that, unlike current methods, uses very little water and no chemicals. “We’re allowing nature to show us what a new system might look like,” Chieza says.

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