Sarah Maria Schmidt
Sustainable fashion designer and material researcher based in Berlin. Sarah focuses on creating garments with responsibility and healthy materials inspired by Cradle to Cradle. She helps brands in improving their material portfolio and sustainable design strategies.
Since 2008 Sarah has worked as a designer with a strong focus on craftsmanship and unconventional materials, such as for Iris van Herpen and Wunderkind. Sarah holds the degrees Sustainability in Fashion (MA), Design/ Fashion Design (BA) and a Bachelor of Culture & Arts.
Sarahs focus is on Cradle to Cradle methodology, circular design strategies, material experience and material health combined with her fashion design background and knit experience.
Soft / hard: soft and spongy during drying; stays flexible and spongy when dry, soft and dry handfeel
Shiny / matt: matt surface, with a bit of natural shine
Smells: neutral, depending on soap used
Texture: uneven and leather-like, with lines and pores
Others: keeps spongy and soft character when dry; beneficial additives for skin care or cleansing can be added; shrinks during drying process
240 ml water
3 g agar agar (grinded flakes)
3 g potato flour
1,5 g sorbitol
2,7 ml glycerin (vegetable, 85% solution)
1 g cacao butter
1 g beewax
15 ml liquid soap (eco liquid soap without colourants, perfumes, preservatives)
2 small tablespoons of ground avocado pits (or similar beneficial additives such as ground algae powder, healing earth, fleur de sel, etc.)
The recipe is based on several Open Source recipes and was modified during the workshop.
Further development: replacing liquid soap with natural handmade soap will potentially make added glycerin redundant as glycerin is bound within the natural soap.
Slightly modified it could be further used as a sponge for cleaning and dishwashing or used as a packaging material due to its stability and flexibility.
Creating with agar based bioplastics resulted in diverse bioplastics and material qualities. Algae are a relatively abundant resource, are easily accessible and economically viable.