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Balena has proudly partnered with acclaimed designer Kitty Shukman to bring forth a groundbreaking creation: a 3D-printed slide concept named “ROOTS”.

“ROOTS'' reflects the fully regenerative nature of the item and is made entirely from BioCir — a revolutionary biobased flexible material that is fully compostable and biodegradable when disposed of in the industrial compost facilities. This collaboration represents a significant milestone in the intersection of fashion, technology, and environmental consciousness, as Balena continues to push the boundaries of 3D printing and advance the adoption of circular materials in the industry.

Kitty's visionary design for the slide, combined with Balena's expertise in bio-plastic  materials development, has resulted in a truly remarkable product. Within Balena's state-of-the-art in-house lab, the team has seamlessly translated Kitty's design into a tangible reality, showcasing the immense potential of their BioCir material and 3D printing in sustainable footwear.

Balena is at the forefront of the fashion industry's transformation, leveraging the immense potential of 3D printing to create a sustainable and circular ecosystem. 

At the core of Balena's sustainability commitment lies the strategic utilization of circular materials in their 3D printing processes - Balena’s BioCir material. Comprised of a unique blend of naturally occurring constituents bound together by high molecular weight polymers and modifiers, BioCirflex offers exceptional durable elastomeric functionality for a wide range of consumer goods and beyond. 

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