New Age of Trichology
Human hair is a natural resource that will continue to increase in the future since the world population is rising rapidly. The UK alone ‘creates’ around 6.5 million kilograms of human hair waste annually, which mostly ends up in landfills or slowly decays in the environment. This causes several problems for the environment and human health, such as the release of toxic gasses or choking the drainage systems. However, human hair has many valuable properties; it is high in tensile strength, thermal insulation, flexibility, oil-absorption and it is lightweight. The New Age of Trichology, a project by Dutch material designer and researcher Sanne Visser, explores the pure potential of hair as a raw material for design, reducing waste, environmental problems and the pressure on other non-renewable materials. The project consists of a range of utilitarian objects that help demarcate a system–all the way from the collection of hair, through to the end–its application. The New Age of Trichology reflects Visser’s core interests as a designer–material innovation, sustainability and future thinking.