Not just a pasta sauce ingredient, the highly absorbent and insulating network of threads that make up mushroom roots are currently being worked into a natural, biodegradable fibre called MycoTEX. www.get.mycotex.com.ay
You already know about the health benefits of drinking kombucha – now scientists are working on a way for you to wear your SCOBY as a vegan, earth-friendly fibre that replicates leather.
Pinatex, made from pineapple leaf waste, is an aesthetically and texturally pleasing biodegradable alternative to animal hide; plus it utilises a sustainable production system that gives pineapple farmers an additional income stream. An early adopter is shoe retailer NAE (www.nae-vegan.com).
From waste to wow!
UNESCO reports that oceanic plastic kills over a million seabirds and injures 100,000 marine mammals annually. Econyl collect this debris and turns it into a high-performance fibre for activewear, like Ocean Zen's bikinis (www.oceanzenbikini.com).
No crying here
Anke Domaske developed Qmilk, a biodegradable and dermatologically-tested casein-based fibre made from spoilt milk that cannot be consumed, when she was searching for chemical-free clothing for her stepfather with cancer. http://de.qmilk.eu
In the swim
Environmental scientist and Ocean Zen Bikini designer Steph Gabriel, on why she uses Econyl:
* The fabric is unique, soft, high quality, and more chlorine-resistant than standard Lycra.
* We only have one Earth and one ocean. We need to be smart and take care of what we have.
* Oceanic plastic is a nightmare for aquatic ecosystems. Econyl supports a cleaner ocean. OceanZen completely avoids plastic by shipping all orders in recycled cardboard boxes.
* Marine conservation is my passion and essentially why I created OceanZen. I wanted to support the cause in my own unique way and Econyl aligns with my passion
Katie Roberts is an environmental scientist focused on sustainability education in the fashion industry. www.sustainabilityinstyle.com