Emilie Burfeind

November / November - 2020

Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach



Sneature is the design of a waste-based sneaker. Upcycled waste- and raw materials were explored which led to the develpment of a biological material cycle for a sneaker. The use of additive manufacturing methods, such as 3D printing or 3D knitting, enable both individualization and on-demand production with the lowest possible energy consumption. Reducing the product to its minimal components, it consists of a membrane made from canine hair, a transitional area made of natural rubber, and a sole made of mushroom mycelium. After use, Sneature is biodegradable and can be returned as nutrients to the natural material cycle.