Growing Products

Exploring the Potential of Bacterial Cellulose

With the help of the bacterium Acetibacter Xylinium I have been transforming potato peel, apple cores and even grass into sheets of pure nano-cellulose. Bacterial cellulose could be a sustainable alternative to our increasingly precious natural resources and needs to be further explored. 

I have experimented with different ways of growing, drying and treating the material, which has been shown to be surprisingly robust and adaptable. To visualize the potential of the material, I have designed and grown some products; aroma tight potato chip packaging that is made from unused potato peel and surplus goods, a range of conductive cellulose cellphone covers and decomposable sanitary pads that can be grown at home with minimal resources. If you want to try growing the material, tips can be found at


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