Funky fungi

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.

Kombucha magic

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.

Pineapple power

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 (

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 (

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.

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.