Growing Cellulose “Leather”

A while back I reported on Fashion Futurist, Suzzane Lee, who has been using bacterial cultures in tea (kombucha) to grow a form of cellulose “leather”. I came across this video that gives a much better visual representation of how the process works. So designers, get on top of this – shoes, bags, jackets… this is a whole new exciting, cruelty free, biodegradable, low-impact, and sustainable, organic “leather”!

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Joshua Katcher started The Discerning Brute in 2008 as a resource for men who want to make intelligent decisions concerning their lifestyles. With a focus on “fashion, food & etiquette for the ethically handsome man”, The Discerning Brute produces expert, essential content and boldly takes a stand. Brave GentleMan, the integrated, eCommerce brother-site of The Discerning Brute was launched in 2011 and features “principled attire” and “smart supplies” handpicked for informed indulgence.
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  • http://floorsconcrete.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=45 Endurable Sealer

    Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your site and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your opinions.

  • http://www.crystalynkae.com Crystalyn Kae

    very cool! Central St.Martin’s always produces the most amazing and inventive people (Alexander McQueen, etc.) and I am thrilled to see this sort of experimentation. I am a bit skeptical at just how durable it would really be – probably not for shoes or bags. And how you would care/clean the garment. But excellent ‘food’ for thought nonetheless.

  • http://veggietestkitchen.com Veggietestkitchen

    this is blowing my mind. how on earth did you come across this?

  • Tanya

    This is pretty fantastic. And my mom used to complain when I accidentally left tea in my room! One of the people interviewed said this is 98% water; taking that into consideration, I wonder just how “green” a garment choice this would be?

  • Tanya

    This is pretty fantastic. And my mom used to complain when I accidentally left tea in my room! One of the people interviewed said this is 98% water; taking that into consideration, I wonder just how “green” a garment choice this would be?

  • Gloria

    a bit strange, but how very interesting…thanks for sharing

  • FreedomRider69

    This is great! I’ve always had slight reservations about even “vegan” leather which is typically polyurethane. It may or may not have lead, is a petro byproduct and readily crosses the skin into the blood… but… I still indulge in a nice vegan faux leather shoe here and there!

  • gilding lilies

    Sooooo cool! That is amazing!