TEDx – Fashion has a pollution problem – can biology fix it?


Natsai Audrey Chieza is a design researcher who has come to understand that the bacteria, Streptomyces coelicolor, which can produce a form of antibiotics  is an answer that can help our society become more sustainable. The bacteria can be developed through a lab to form pigments that can be used to create dyes, the process uses the enzymes that make up the bacteria through processes using, synthetic biology. Blue, pink and purple are the three colours that can be formed from this biological substance, this is due to the acidity of it’s growing environment. The design researcher stated, ‘The denial of this dependence has become deadly’ when referring our societies dependancy on our precious fossil fuels. This statement stuck with me as it highlights the total disregard that we are all guilty of having.  Throughout the talk all was not doom and gloom as we have a savour in the form of synthetic biology. In my opinion this pioneering science may be what we have been waiting for to encourage individuals to think outside of the box, this is something touched upon by Natsai Audrey Chieza.

“The privilege of not being effected and what I believe to be, the profound lack of imagination about how, within the limits of this planet’s boundaries,  we else can live.” – Natsai Audrey Chieza
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