Parley for the Oceans is teaming up Biofabricate to work on developing naturally-sourced alternative to plastic for a cleaner Earth

It’s hard to imagine a world without plastic, but it is that same ever-present resource across nearly all industries that is destroying the planet. Environmental non-profit Parley for the Oceans is looking to help change that in the fashion and design industry. The organization recently worked with Adidas to create sneakers specially woven from converted waste. Now it is going one step further by attempting to replace plastic with a natural alternative over the next seven years.

In partnership with Biofabricate, an organization dedicated to finding naturally-sourced materials, it has already worked on developing components mades out of yeast, algae, animal cells and bacteria. Biofabricate founder Suzanne Lee also works as the chief creative officer for Modern Meadow, a New Jersey-based startup that recently unveiled Zoa, a bioleather made from fermented yeast for apparel and accessories.

These companies are not the only ones investing in this new design tech or “bio-fabrication”. Adidas made a shoe in 2016 using a fermented bacteria-based silk thread created by German company AMSilk. Bolt Threads, a company in Emeryville, California, has created products usingl bioengineered spider silk, including a hat which sold out within three hours.

“We just can’t afford to have harmful substances like plastic on the planet and we’re quickly coming to the realization that we just can’t continue like this,” Cyrill Putsch, founder of Parley for the Oceans, told FastCompany.

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It’s hard to imagine a world without plastic, but it is that same ever-present resource across nearly all industries that is destroying the planet. Environmental non-profit Parley for the Oceans is looking to help change that in the fashion and design industry. The organization recently worked with Adidas to create sneakers specially woven from converted waste. Now it is going one step further by attempting to replace plastic with a natural alternative over the next seven years.

In partnership with Biofabricate, an organization dedicated to finding naturally-sourced materials, it has already worked on developing components mades out of yeast, algae, animal cells and bacteria. Biofabricate founder Suzanne Lee also works as the chief creative officer for Modern Meadow, a New Jersey-based startup that recently unveiled Zoa, a bioleather made from fermented yeast for apparel and accessories.