Sport equipment we use to exercise and be healthy is not sustainable. What a paradox!
Nowadays, we practice sport to be in good health, but the sport industry pollutes a lot. So the sportsman evolves in a harmful environment for their well-being and the one of the others. We focused on Running because it’s a popular and intergenerational sport where everyone can have an impact. So we propose a new running equipment to capture the light particles in suspension in the air and to recover the thermal and mechanical energy produced by the runner with an accessory for their sock.
Our project develop 2 key issues. The first one aims to capture the light particles in suspension in the air. We have created a t-shirt and a windbreaker jacket made up of several layers from sustainable cultures: algae for their benefit on the skin, flax for its thermoregulatory qualities, hemp for its antibacterial and absorbent property and finally potato starch for its impermeability. So, the more you run the more the garment you wear cleans up the air. You only need to wash it and the pollutants are recycled in a water treatment plant. The second aspect of our project is to recover the thermal and mechanical energy produced by the runner with an accessory plugged on to their sock. Then, the runner can transfer that energy into a pre-existing energy collector in the surrounding by touching it with their foot. To conclude, True Breath promote a world where everyone can put on their sneakers and concretely act for their environment.
Overview of the Solution
To develop the social aspect of our project, we would like textiles to be made, assembled and repaired by workers with disabilities or in need to return to work. Our creations would be locally produced and distributed in short circuits using transport with zero carbon footprint. The human body constantly releases 80 to 100 W in the form of heat. A 6-cm² chip, in contact with the body or separated by a light cloth, could charge a phone.
Margot Billot, Emilie Sada, Auriane Lê
and Ichraq Medhi
ENSAAMA School of Art and Design, France