How technology is shaping the future of sustainable fashion
Potential ideas that can change the future of fashion
incorporating new technology can help to change current wasteful, toxic and polluting production methods
the bio-designer behind Faber Futures and a designer-in-residence at Ginkgo
Bioworks, where she is working on a method that uses bacteria-secreted pigments
to dye fabric. The technique dramatically reduces water usage, requiring less
than seven ounces of water to dye a one-pound piece of silk. The pigment itself
is naturally and non-toxically created by the bacteria. While there are still
obstacles to overcome before the results Chieza is able to achieve in a petri
dish will be replicable on a larger scale, the sustainable fashion opportunity
is so great that she is confident there will be bacteria-dyed clothing on the
market before long.
Meadow is a company that's "growing" leather in a lab using yeast fermentation
to produce collagen. Creating leather the Modern Meadow way eliminates the need
for raising (and killing) animals, reduces waste by creating "hides"
devoid of imperfections or uneven edges that need to be discarded, and cuts
back on the negative impact of tanning by reducing the chemicals involved. The
sustainability boons — as well as the design possibilities inherent in a
material that's so customizable and new — have so far resulted in over 130
companies reaching out to Modern Meadow for collaborations. The first products
featuring Modern Meadow leather will launch with brand partners in the luxury
and activewear spaces next year.
full article with more ideas on fashionista.com.