Shukman partnered with Balena Science on the project. They are a new company dedicated to the design of fully circular materials. Those are materials that are sustainable in that they can be either recycled or biodegrade leaving no traces in the environment.
The material used for the ROOTS project was their BioCir thermoplastic. It’s quite an impressive material, as Balena Science describes:
This was then 3D printed on a Prusa 3D printer using the Balena Science material.
In this short video Shukman explains that she was in the forest and noticed how moss and other forest elements would creep up over her feet. This inspired her to design a new slide that embodies the concept of wrapping the natural world around your feet.