Ecotribo has launched a new mountain bike mudguard made from 100% recycled plastic with Bristol-based business, Rideguard. Tyrone Probert, the director of Ecotribo was approached by Rideguard to do the illustration and collaborate on the wider project in a variety of capacities.
I have been collaborating with Rideguard for over a year on our OceanX Project so it’s cool to get involved again. The director Ben and I enjoy the creative input to both of our businesses and I feel I’m part of the team at Rideguard now. I have been getting involved in a variety of other aspects such as business strategy, product development, branding, social media, film and graphic design.
Ben commissioned me to do a new design/illustration for their latest range and I jumped at the opportunity. The brief was a bright and vibrant design celebrating nature which seemed like a dream job. I was inspired by the pro riders we have onboard to promote the OceanX project. Mark Mathews and Yoann Barrelli. Both riders are living in the mountains of Canada so I was inspired by the Eagles, mountains, Bears and Salmon of the region as I felt it would align well with both of our brand’s eco-friendly ethos and the joy of riding in nature.
My design is called ‘Deity’ and is now available in front and rear mudguards/fenders designed to fit most mountain bikes. If you are out riding in the muddy wintery weather you probably gonna need some mudguards so head on over to the Rideguard website to buy one today!
10% Profit Goes To Trash Free Trails – To help the fight against plastic pollution in our wild places.
I have been designing and developing materials and prototyping products in the eco-space for some time now. I have created products and in the process of creating products using Ocean plastic waste. It’s obvious to all the need to find solutions to plastic waste to help our environment. In a 2 pronged attack on the problem, I have been working with Biomaterials successfully. In order to expand upon these material prototypes, I am now in the process of using artificial intelligence to aid our research and make what could be the worlds first Ai generated biomaterial.
To provide some background to this biomaterials work let me start at the beginning. My journey began by working with a variety of open source recipes and I have then continued my own exploration by creating my own recipes. I am working with a wide range of local bio-ingredients using the existing local waste streams and exploring their benefits.
There has been quite a few successes making bioplastics, bio leathers and a variety of other biomaterials. After exhausting the open source biomaterial recipes I have started developing my own recipes using waste materials and formulating new composites from materials such as coffee granules, mussel shells, eggs shells, post-industrial wood dust, etc experimenting with a range of bio-resins and binders. Its an amazing field of opportunity and provides positive design solutions to our environmental challenges. I believe that biomaterials will be our eco saviour and this field needs as much attention and assistance as possible.
To that end, I recently started a project with Derek Ahmedzai www.sharpshooter.org who was the developer behind a number of AI world firsts including the worlds first Ai generated cupcake with Tiny Giant and Ai generated poetry. We now plan to generate what we believe to be the first Ai generated Biomaterial recipes. We thought it fitting to celebrate Earth Day by harnessing Biomaterials, Ai and people.
We have the aim of creating exciting new Ai generated open source biomaterial recipes. We then plan to make the most feasible and successful Ai outputs, test their properties, strength and capabilities in an ongoing biomaterial project. It’s a concept that excites me as it has huge potential to save lives, relieve suffering and help maintain quality-of-life for all.
Our neural network is primed. Now we need to get access to as many databases of biomaterial recipes and material resources as possible to feed into the neural network. In order to get artificial intelligence to effectively create new interpretations, we need as much materials data as possible. If you have any open source resources or recipes that you are willing to share please get in touch.
I am in talks with the University of Bath, Materiom and exploring contacts at UWE and Bristol University. This is a collaboration that requires input from a wide range of disciplines, we need database input but humans too. Please share and get involved if you are interested. . If materials define an age let’s ensure our generation leaves a legacy that is not defined by plastic pollution but a new bio future that will #donoharm .