Raincoats are primarily made of plastic and rubber materials. Water pollution and microplastics have been detected around the world. Sustainable materials such as spider silk offer a new way forward.
John William Embate
Introduction of the Problem
Water pollution is still regarded as one of the world's most persistent environmental issues. The usage of plastic materials on our commodities has become a major contributory factor to this problem especially as these objects make their way to different bodies of water. Microplastics have been detected in the water around the world, including our streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans. In these waterways, the microplastics end up in the water we drink and the fish we eat, including shellfish. But how do microplastics get into our water? One of the main sources is our clothing. Minuscule fibers of acrylic, nylon, spandex, and polyester are shed each time we wash our clothes and are carried off to wastewater treatment plants or discharged to the open environment.
The Product and Its Benefits
Raincoats made of spider silk are non-toxic, biodegradable, and environmentally friendly. It' s also pliable and has high tensile strength. Raincoats, unlike jackets and clothes, do not necessarily require a lot of layers to be functional; instead, they are expected to be more lightweight so as not to impede the wearer's movements. Because spider silk is lighter than cotton, it is an advantageous alternative material for raincoats.
Target Users and Key Partners
Initial Plans of Development
1) Create an initial prototype or proof of concept.
2) Apply for intellectual property rights protection.
3) Organize a crowdfunding event at Kickstarter or other platforms.
4) Look for initial small initial investors.
5) Apply for a government grant or funding.
6) Use Human - Centered Design approach for each iteration of the product
"SPISIRA aims to develop a better and sustainable way of making garments and clothing. Leveraging spider silk for dealing with microplastics in our oceans and land. We believe in a better and greener future with you "