From making algae-sequin dresses, dyeing clothes with bacteria to planting trackable pigments in cotton, an emerging tide of innovations offers the fashion industry a chance to clean up its woeful environmental record.
It’s being hailed as a world first and will doubtless give Stella McCartney a wider global platform in her drive for fashion sustainability. The designer has launched ‘leather’ clothing grown from mushrooms.
US biotech firm Bolt Threads has announced "an unprecedented consortium” of major global companies “who have secured exclusive access to its innovative material, Mylo”. Adidas and Lululemon are also on board.
The first lab-grown leather handbags made from mushroom roots were put up for sale this week via a US-based crowdfunding website aiming to tap the embryonic but fast-growing market for eco-friendly fashion.