Biodegradable children’s shoes with an expiration date
Designer Shahar Asor created a knit-based, biodegradable composite material that has the potential to disassemble at a pre-defined time and used this to designed children’s shoes “with an expiration date”.
For her final bachelor project at Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem, Asor explored the contradiction between the long “shelf life” of a garment and people’s need to change their wardrobe by applying the concept of an expiration date to the fashion industry.
“I was inspired by the way we buy groceries and found myself wondering, what if we could buy clothes the same way we buy milk,” Asor states, “according to our objective needs and taking into account the expiration date of the product?”
Using the material, Asor designed children’s shoes called Best Before, which are fully fashioned on a double bed knitting machine. Each shoe is knitted in one piece, including the upper and the sole. Children need new shoes fairly often, not necessarily because of wear, but rather because they grow out of their shoes.
The shoes are conceptionally designed to disassemble in the washing machine within a pre-defined time frame. When the expiration date nears, the Best Before logo appears on the left of the shoe. This means that the shoe will disassemble in the washing machine at the next wash. After the shoes have dissolved, the remainder of the material starts to biodegrade.
The project was done in collaboration with Professor Oded Shoseyov from the faculty of agriculture, food and environment at the Hebrew University. It is still under development, but Asor believes it presents an interesting alternative to the way we consume fashion.
Photos: Noi Einav