Bio.me explores the possibilities of symbiotic clothing, transforming base layer apparel into self-cleaning and odorless microbiomes.
More than just packaging, these easy to store and resealable mylar packs help maintain healthy microbiomes and prevent ecological collapse.
Our probiotic culture, also found in antiperspirants and laundry detergent, is adept at breaking down grime, pathogens, and odor-causing bacteria.
Bio.me was designed, prototyped, and tested as a week-long project at the RCA. It ran a lot like one of Google’s 5-day Design Sprints. Our challenge was to disrupt the tumble dryer. We started by taking one apart, figuring out how it worked, and how it was made. We gathered insights by interviewing people in our laundry rooms and learned from experts some of the manufacturing, design engineering, and service design constraints/opportunities. Next, we moved into an ideation phase. Out of the hundred plus ideas, the most promising omitted the tumble dryer altogether. Most people don’t want a dryer, and they don’t want to dry their clothes, they don’t even want to wash their clothes, what they’re after is clean clothes. Inspired by self-healing concrete, Bio.me asked what if our clothes could clean themselves?
Allison Rowe, Koraldo Kajanaku, and Pae Natwilai Utoomprukporn