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About Material Library of India

BEFORE TOO SOON, WHEN OUR NATURAL RESOURCES BECOME SCARCE & WASTE ACCUMULATION REACHES A TIPPING POINT, WASTE STREAMS WILL BECOME THE FUTURE QUARRIES FOR MINING MATERIALS.

Material Library of India (MLI) spearheads consultation and awareness initiatives. As a dynamic research and design consultancy, MLI is committed to unlocking the potential of industrial and agricultural waste. With an impressive track record spanning nearly a decade, MLI has cultivated specialized expertise in crafting innovative, data-backed solutions that redefine the utilization of these waste materials.

At the core of MLI’s mission lies the dedication to reimagining waste as a valuable resource. This website showcases key projects, demonstrating MLI’s prowess at the intersection of sustainability and design across the industry. These projects underscore MLI’s profound impact and contribution to a more conscious future.

MLI’s solutions not only repurpose industrial and agricultural waste but also contribute to the broader narrative of sustainable design / manufacturing practices. MLI delves into the intricacies of these projects, offering insights into methodologies, challenges, and ultimate outcomes. Each project serves as a testament to MLI’s commitment to pushing boundaries, transforming waste materials into valuable assets across diverse sectors.

Integrated with MLI’s endeavors is the Material Literacy program, which further amplifies the organization’s mission. Material Literacy, an experiential learning initiative, engages academics, individuals, and corporates in rethinking and repurposing everyday materials. This program aligns seamlessly with MLI’s commitment to promoting awareness and fostering a deeper understanding of materiality, contributing to a culture of sustainable and conscious living.

MLI’s consultation, coupled with the Material Literacy program, form a comprehensive approach towards reshaping perceptions of waste and materials, driving innovation, and advancing sustainable practices for a more environmentally conscious future.

About Founder

‘PEOPLE OFTEN THINK I LOVE WASTE, THE TRUTH IS – I HATE IT SO MUCH THAT I WANT IT TO END AT ITS GENERATION POINT.’

Shubhi Sachan is a multidisciplinary designer who works as a consultant for various companies. In 2014, she graduated with M.A. in Material Futures at Central Saint Martins’ School of Art and Design in London where she developed her projects such as Life of a bullet & Traditional Futures. These projects were focused on manmade & agricultural waste and its impact on our everyday life. Prior to this Shubhi has been working as a surface designer for brands such as Givenchy, Balmain, Alexander McQueen, Ralph Lauren, etc.

Shubhi embarked on her journey to sustainability after spending six years of working with the fashion/textile industry and realising the materiality involved in the process of making products vs the presentation of the finished objects. There was a huge disconnect between the two worlds, which eventually became the most unsettling feeling for her. Shubhi’s current work is about channelising the post-industrial and agricultural waste, where she is not only proposing the alternative ways to use the materials but also to alter the conventional notion of waste being sent to landfill or incineration units.

Shubhi has been a TEDx Speaker in 2018, a Lexus Design Award Finalist in 2018, CII Green Co. Best Practices Award in 2016. She has also been invited to present work at various prestigious platforms such as Lakme Fashion Week, Mumbai in 2017, Ambiente Talents at Messe Frankfurt 2017, London Design Week 2014 to 2016, Dutch Design Week 2015 & 2020. Roche Bobois Student Design Competition in Paris 2013.