13: Re-air of Malai – There is More to Coconuts Than You Think!
The materials used to make a product is as important for sustainability as the practices around it. In this series, we discuss and discover various sustainable materials that have been developed. These materials could later be used in place of their more harmful and commonly used counter parts. Today we re-air our conversation with Susmith Susheel and Zuzana Gombosova from Malai.
Malai is a newly developed bio-composite material based on Bacterial Cellulose is grown on water from mature coconuts and natural fibers from the banana stem, hemp, and sisal. A duo of designers and material researchers Zuzana Gombosova and Susmith Susheel have for the last 2 years have been based in Kerala where they continue building a pilot manufacturing unit and working on improving material properties and manufacturing processes. The essence of Malai is to find beauty in all natural and design materials that can come from nature and safely return to it.