Shahar Asor developed ‘Best Before’ as her final project at the Industrial Department of the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem. Designed (conceptually) to disassemble over a predetermined time whilst in the washing machine, ‘Best Before’ are shoes designed with an expiration date.
Collaborating with Hebrew University professor Oded Shoseyov from the faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Asor explored the potential uses and design applications of biodegradable textiles.
Each shoe is made from a single knitted piece, and includes both the upper part and the sole. Specifically designed for rapidly growing children, after the shoes dissolve the materials safely biodegrade, leaving no harmful effect on the environment.
“Fashion has the power to promote us, be our voice and distinct us from others, but sometimes we buy clothes simply because we objectively need to, as in the case of maternity or children’s clothes… Some of us donate and others recycle but the truth is most of our unclaimed garments find themselves in landfills. so, if a garment is being used for a limited period of time why does it stay on earth for so long? why not design it with its end of use moment in mind?” – Asor
Below you can see some of the early development, as well as the final ‘Best Before’ concept shoe by Shahar Asor.
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