Decomposition Library

Decomposition Library

That which grows will decompose, but decomposition shouldn't be groundbreaking. 'Decomposition Library' is an archive and a resource, not only for designers, but for anyone interested in exploring design for decomposition. The aim is to provide an opportunity to improve material literacy and re-introduce the topic of soil health to the design process.

What is decomposition?

Decomposition or rot is a natural process where nutrients are recycled from dead organic substances to simpler organic and inorganic matter e.g. Co2, H2O, simple sugars, and mineral salts.

The type of decomposition used to create the Decomposition Library is biodegradation - metabolic breakdown of materials into simpler components by microorganisms present in compost.

What is compost?

Compost is recycled organic matter, key for organic farming, gardening, and soil health. It's achieved through the decomposition process of matter rich in nitrogen and carbon, such as garden clipping and food waste.

It could be understood as a microbe farm & a vibrant biodiverse living system, with some 9 billion organisms in one teaspoon of compost.

Is decomposition of textiles safe?

All experiments in the Decomposition Library were made in an isolated and controlled environment. Compost generated through textile decomposition is not right now integrated into food growing and is re-used for more experimentation.

Not Groundbreaking

Online platform developed by biodesigner and material researcher Hana Hudson