GIY: Grow It Yourself

GIY: Grow It Yourself

A biomaterial company from upstate New York has made a mixture for consumers to grow objects in the comfort of their own homes. Ecovative developed a raw material kit of their specially dehydrated Mushroom Material, containing a mixture of mycelium, also known as “mushroom glue”, corn stalks and husks. After adding water and a pinch of flour, the mixture can molded into custom shapes or pressed into boards. Individuals have already used the GIY kit to create lamps, a…

Bolt Threads First Bioengineered Necktie

Bolt Threads First Bioengineered Necktie

The San Francisco-based biotech company, Bolt Threads, has just released the first product of their biospun spider silk fiber. After seven years of research and development, the lab grown fiber, made of spidroin protein from fermented corn syrup, closely mimics natural silk. The design of the world’s first spider silk necktie represents the molecular structure of the protein from which it is built. A limited edition of 50 knit ties will be launching at SXSW…

Biofabric

Biofabric

Biosteel® is the latest futuristic fabric that was created by German manufacturer AMSilk. They collaborated with sportswear company Adidas who introduced the world’s first performance shoe made from Biosteel ® fiber. It is a replication of natural silk. AMSilk is the  world’s first industrial supplier of synthetic silk biopolymers and claims that it is the strongest natural material ever. It is 100% biodegradable in a fully natural process and it…

Body Heat Harvest

Body Heat Harvest

North Carolina State University researchers have developed garments that harvest body heat and turn it into electricity. The shirt prototypes can generate more electricity than previous heat harvesting technologies. So called TEG’s ( Thermo Electric Generators) work by harnessing the temperature difference between the wearer’s skin and the air around them. The paper, “Wearable thermoelectric generators for human body heat harvesting,” is published in the journal Applied Energy.

Corkshell Wool

Corkshell Wool

One of my favorite companies of all time, high performance and innovative textiles pioneer SCHOELLER, created an award winning technology called Corkshell some time ago. Fast forward 5 years the designer Vedran Gartmann invented a technology called Corkshell Wool. It is made by applying a layer of recycled cork to wool.Corkshell is made from cork granulate that is a bi-product in the production of wine corks. The natural granulate is pulverized and…

Pineapple ‘Leather’

Pineapple ‘Leather’

Ananas Anam has developed an innovative, natural and sustainable non-woven textile called Piñatex™ made from pineapple leaves and waste plant fibres. They are a bi-product of the pineapple harvest. No extra land, fertilizers, water, or pesticides are required. Pineapple leaves would normally be wasted. Turning them into a useable item creates an additional income for farmers. It’s both durable and biodegradable. Pinatex also comes at a low cost. It was…

Mushroom ‘Leather’

Mushroom ‘Leather’

This is the latest in the area of ‘Bioprocesses’  and ‘Biocouture’: A vegan leather made entirely from mushrooms. It is a skin that is extracted from the mushroom hat and is processed similar to animal skin.However chemical free methods have been used in comparison to the traditional ‘tanning’. It is described as ‘leather for vegans’. The material resembles suede and is biodegradable, breathable and water repellent. It’s been manufactured in…

Knitted Algea Sweater

Knitted Algea Sweater

The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York has always been on the forefront of innovative design and technology. A group of students has developed a biologically derived filament that is composed of alginate, a polysaccharide that can be found in the cell walls of brown algae. And guess what : it can be knitted by hand or on a machine to make sweaters or what else not. The students…

Solar Powered Fabric

Solar Powered Fabric

Utilizing patented, lightweight energy absorbing technology, ThermalTech is designed to capture the sun’s ultraviolet rays and energy from artificial light sources to convert and store as heat, increasing the in-clothing temperature by 18°F in only two minutes! The stainless steel mesh fabric threads are strong yet lightweight, lending to extended lifetime use while reducing the weight that additional heat-storing materials bring to most outerwear.