Amelie Pörschmann wins 2023 DNFI Award

(Updated: Dezember 19, 2023)

Amelie Poerschmann win 2023 DNFI Award Amelie Pörschmann a student at Hochschule Hof, University of Applied Sciences, Hof/Kronach/Münchberg/Selb, Germany has won the 2023 Discover Natural Fibres Initiative Innovation Award for the development of The Regrow.

Ms. Pörschmann has developed a biodegradable, woven fabric pot in which plants can be started. Once seedlings reach a stage suitable for transfer to soil, they can be planted intact within their biodegradable pots and do not need to be removed from plastic planting trays, which are currently in common use. The aim of her project is to eliminate the use of plastic pots and the resulting plastic waste.

Amelie Poerschmann
Amelie Pörschmann, photo: Hochschule Hof

The Regrow pot is made of bast fibres such as Hemp, Flax and Nettle or can also be made from Wool. The fibres have not been dyed or finished with synthetic materials, thus avoiding pollution in the composting process and allowing microorganisms in soil to convert the plant bag into important organic components. The process of biodegradation significantly improves the soil structure and nutrient availability. Due to the pliability of fabrics, the plant bag is foldable, easily stored and transported.

Amelie Pörschmann, is an upcoming textile designer and studies at the Engineering Department for Textile Design in Münchberg. Her design is a fusion of functionality and aesthetics. She has created a variety of Eco print designs, each produced with environmentally friendly dyes. The pattern pieces are customizable, so sizes can be made for specific requirements. The Regrow bag is a zero-waste product that aims to use natural plant and animal fibres from local cultivation.

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The DNFI Innovation in Natural Fibres Award aims to recognise the innovations as well as the people and institutions responsible for them, with the aim of raising public awareness of the achievements of the natural fibres sector as a whole.

The award ceremony in honor of Ms. Pörschmann will take place on Thursday, January 11, during the Heimtextil 2024 trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany, at 11:00 AM in the ECONOGY Talks area in hall 12.0 .