New Zealand designer Daniel McLaughlin, has implemented the research from his thesis project ‘Biowool’, into Terracase, a hard shell suitcase made from recycled carpets and a combination of bio resin derived from rapeseed oil. The development extends the applicability and longevity of wool-based products before it eventually becomes waste. The suitcase was produced using a combination of CAD technologies, with the shell of the luggage tested using an FEA analysis to simulate a drop and handling, digitally subjecting the piece to the rigours of use. Inspired by the hardest drought in New Zealand and the low, volatile wool prices, the project intends to re-purpose waste into higher value applications.
The final outcome was recently awarded £5,000 from The James Dyson Foundation, helping aid the development of ‘Biowool’, as it has wide potential for engineering and uses in sustainable manufacturing.