Designer Suzanne Lee shares her experiments in growing a kombucha-based material that can be used like fabric or vegetable leather to make clothing. The process is fascinating, the results are beautiful (though there’s still one minor drawback …) and the potential is simply stunning.
Given that environmental impacts of the fashion industry due to over consumption and junk food like disposable clothing mania (hello, H&M…), let alone the toxic chemicals involved in the dying process and in harvesting leather and non organic cotton, the concept of grow your own moves beyond medical marijuana and backyard veggies to textiles in this fascinating TedTalk by Suzanne Lee: Grow your own clothes. (FYI, this talk was part of a collection of TedTalks curated by Icelandic artist Bjork)…
Other variations on sustainable fashion include the enormously successful “give back” programs of Toms Shoes and Warby Parker eye wear, with both companies donating a pair of shoes or glasses to thoe in need to match every pair sold to a hipster in Williamsburg (or Portland, or Tokyo)….
What do you think about threads made from kombucha?
What are your thoughts on the role of fashion in social causes?
Can you provide examples of sustainable or social cause companies you’ve encountered?
What celebrities have introduced lines of eco-clothing?