On our minds: fermented fashion

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by adakallgren on 3 May, 2016

Imagine a leather-like fabric from fermented tea. It's in the making.

On our minds is the recent un-named invention coming out of Iowa State University, where scientists have developed a leather-like fabric from fermented tea. Once processed and dried flat, the mat/leather-looking material can be made into clothing, accessories and even shoes. 100% biodegradable, the fabric is great for reducing landfill waste, but there are still problems to address before it can become commercially viable. Moisture and changes in temperature are example factors that can make the fabric less durable. They say the food industry is one step ahead of fashion when it comes to consumer acceptance of eco-friendly alternatives, and with the recent embrace of live bacteria in things we eat, we’re keen to see how people would feel about wearing it. Read more here

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