PSFK first covered the idea of animal-free, laboratory-grown ‘Victimless Leather‘ of the Tissue Culture & Art Project in Australia back in 2004. With the rise of sustainable design practices, the idea has certainly been popular. London-based fashion-science research unit BioCouture have been investigating microbial cellulose hoping to ‘to literally grow a dress in a vat of liquid.’
With tea, sugar and the same bacteria used in the popular fermented tea beverage Kombucha, BioCouture extract and dry cellulose produced by the bacteria, producing a textile which carries many of the properties of leather. Once the garment has passed its years of fruition, the textile can be disposed of alongside green waste in the compost bin.
[via Book of Joe]