Are Organic Fabrics with Bacteria the Future of Sustainable Fashion?
With consumers more aware of the impact of their clothing and purchase decisions on the environment, they’re looking for alternatives that make the difference, without compromising on quality. Enter bacteria fabrics, the newest innovation that has the potential to offer a sustainable alternative.
WGSN has been following bioengineering for around a decade now, where bacteria and other living matter such as algae and fungi are engineered into alternative textiles, finishes and dyes. An early adopter of bacteria-grown materials is BioCouture founder Suzanne Lee, who began by growing fermented yeast and bacteria into a bacterial cellulose material, which was engineered into a material skin, as an alternative idea to leather.
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Words by Helen Palmer