An overview of how we made our packaging cheaper, aesthetic, and efficient
To improve bacterical cellulose (BC) production, we implemented a cost-efficient media, a co-culture system, and aesthetic designs. To bring down the costs of growth media for K. xylinus we used recycled fruit waste. Our co-culture used modeling and a three step culturing system to understand the dynamics of BC-producing bacteria, K. xylinus, and PHB&nisin-producing bacteria, E. coli. We also manipulated the pH of cabbage dye to give our packaging unique colours, and 3D printed molds to create box-like structures out of BC.
To ensure our proposed solution was effective and relevant to customer needs, our team employed an iterative human-centered design process:
The cycle of HP-informed iteration will continue as we further develop Cellucoat and explore further applications.