Mariet Sauerwein focusses on finding and designing applications for two biobased materials from municipal waste-streams. These materials are developed within the projects COMPRO and FABULOUS. The biobased materials are derived from sources from wastewater purification (cellulose and kaumera) and organic waste streams (e.g. fruit and vegetables). In these projects, she develops prototypes to showcase and test the materials to find meaningful applications in the urban context. For the city this results in a transformation of waste streams into valuable design solutions.
Mariet studied industrial design engineering at the TU Delft and Royal academy of Art, the Hague. In 2020 she received her PhD from TU Delft, during which she explored the use of 3D printing for design in a circular economy. One of her projects was the development of re-printable and biobased materials. The 3D printed prototypes of these materials were featured at the Dutch Design week, in de Volkskrant and NRC Handelsblad, and on several online platforms.