Designer Jamie Tai recently discovered a way of using a naturally occurring sugar to protect against dehydration. In recent years, global warming has intensified periods of drought and other forms of extreme weather. This natural substance provides a new way for humans to adapt to changing global conditions.
'Trehalose Artefacts' is a project that involves the use of trehalose to protect against dehydration in extreme conditions. The naturally occurring sugar is infused into clothing and skincare products to supply the user with a source of hydration. These products are ideal for mountaineers, construction workers or anyone else who spends a significant amount of time in extreme conditions.
While the sugar-based hydration products are only a concept, the project demonstrates some of the unique ways that scientists are preparing for changing environmental conditions.