IV. Heirbloom

Heirbloom, an object that evolves over generations, morphing at several stages.

Artifacts found at the NYC Archeological Repository show that some materials lasts for centuries, while some vanish without newer generations being able to see them, especially contemporary biodegradable materials will not leave any traces for next generations. This biodegradable mission will not/too a much smaller extend leave any traces to next generations about the way we produced new materials (whereas the non degradable parts will remain).
Heirbloom consists of several different parts, made out of different materials that have different degradation rates. Your grandchildren will receive a different object than you have possessed during your life.

Many (bio)materials that are currently brought onto the market have no thoroughinvestigation into their biodegradation rate. Materials that have already been with usfor hundreds of years have shown us their average lifetimes, which is heavily dependedon both the form and finishing of the materials as well as environmental factorssuch as wetness, organic matter, pH, erosion, sun and much more. The following list is a small selection of currently known (average) degradation rates:

Cigarette Butts - 10-12 years;
Monofilament Fishing Line - 600 years;
Rubber-Boot Sole - 50-80 years;
Foamed Plastic Cups - 50 years;
Leather shoes - 25-40 years;
Milk Cartons - 5 years;
Plywood - 1-3 years;
Painted board - 13 years;
Cotton Glove - 3 months;
Cardboard - 2 months;
Styrofoam - Does not biodegrade;
Nylon Fabric - 30-40 years;
Tin can - 50 years;
Waxed milk carton - 3 months;
Aluminum cans - 200-250 years;

design process.

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