INNOVATOR PROFILE

KARU BIODISEÑO CONSCIENTE

COMPANY INFORMATION

Founded: 2019

Headquarters: Eldorado, Misiones, Argentina

Websites: www.instagram.com/somoskaru

COMPANY HISTORY

Verónica Bergottini received her university degree in Genetics, majoring in Agricultural Microbiology, and studied Artistic Design as a hobby. She combined these skills and interests after discovering the promise of using biotechnology for fashion materials. She began her journey as an entrepreneur by making prototypes from her home to explore material synthesized by microorganisms. She founded Karu Biodiseño Consciente to produce a leather alternative called TILEX with applications in fashion, home decor, and art. In 2019, she was chosen as a PROESUS 2020 Ambassador (Argentina’s sustainable future program).

MATERIAL

TILEX is a fabric synthesized by microorganisms grown on Yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis), a type of holly plant native to South America. Its texture can be made similar to leather or paper. Uncoated, it is biodegradable and compostable.

TECHNOLOGY

Microbe-derived

CURRENT APPLICATIONS

Necklaces and as clothing appliqués. An exclusive bag was created In partnership with Azul de Corso and Peter Kent.

Skirt and top with TILEX appliqués presented in a sustainable design contest in 2019

Images: somoskaru (Instagram).

Bag: Co-creation with Peter Kent and Azul de Corso.

Image: somoskaru (Instagram).

Learn More

Contact MII at info@materialinnovation.org for more information on Karu.