Bacterial cellulose


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Bacterial cellulose is a remarkable fibrous structural component of biofilms created through fermentation. This organic material is toxic-free and exhibits exceptional tensile strength, making it stronger than traditional plant-based cellulose.

Bacterial cellulose has numerous practical applications and is suitable for large-scale production. It is flexible, can be shaped in multiple textures and shapes offering a substitute for plastic or textile-like materials.

Bacterial cellulose can be grown in any shape or size within 7-20 days, and is also capable of being dyed, formed, pressed, or patterned. This showcases the transformative potential of the material, emphasizing its adaptability, symbiotic relationships, and the connections between scientific inquiry and material innovation.

The bacterial cellulose samples are dyed with pigments derived from vegetables and fungi. Lichens have been historically used by humans for dyeing fabrics and as traditional medicine. They exhibit a wide range of colours due to the diversity of pigments they contain. As consumer awareness increases, there is a growing demand for sustainable practices within the polluting industry of synthetic textile dyeing.

Applications: lightings, surfaces, packaging, frames, sculptures, wall art, room dividers, installations, textiles.

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