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BIOFABRICATION: THE ANSWER

Biology | Technology | Engineering | Design
What fashion looks like today, with materials that come from nature and not from animals.

FABRICS

Lyocell Fibre -“Tencel”

Organic Cotton Fibre

Organic Hemp Fibre 

Organic Linen Fibre 

Sasawashi - Kumazasa Plant

Non-GMO Soy Clothing, also know as soy

“silk" or "vegetable cashmere”

Organic Jute

Banana “Sylk”

Bamboo

Modal - Beech Tree Fibre - “Natural Synthetic"

Mulberry Tree Leaves

Coconut Water

Seaweed - “SeaCell”

Stinging Nettle Fibres

Coffee Ground Fibres

Lotus Fibre

LEATHERS

Turning waste materials into luxurious resources:

Lab Grown Leather

Mushrooms Leather

Kombucha Tea - “Teather”

Teak Leaf Leather 

Pineapple Leather

Apple Leather

Fruit Waste Leather

Wine Leather 

That comes at a fraction of the

environmental cost of raising livestock

MODERN MEADOW, is the biofabrication company that produce “animal products without the animal”.  Instead of starting with a complex sentient being by a process that is cruel, inefficient and has very little innovation over the years, they start with the cell which is what the tissues are made of; to grow a whole new world of materials. Based in Brooklyn US, they have caused a stir by applying sugar feedstock to yeast cells that have been engineered to create collagen. “We are currently using collagen, a naturally developing protein that is usually found in skin (animal and human) to develop our materials. The collagen we use, however, comes from yeast cells rather than taking it from an animal.” It is then pressed into sheets and tanned (in an eco-friendly process) to create cow-less leather. The biofabrication process involves growing living collagen cells, which are found in animal skins, which can then be assembled into materials with customised structural and aesthetic properties. These qualities are defined by editing DNA molecules to produce distinct characteristics in the collagen as it is grown into a network of fibres. This clever bio-leather will become available commercially in 2020. The fashion industry's game changers have arrived, with their low-emission and animal-friendly textile realism.

 

Meanwhile on the west coast, BOLT THREADS is perfecting the art of brewing silk from yeast cells, changing the future of silk as we know it. Bolt Threads is a biotechnology company located in California, creating the next generation of advanced materials. And it all starts with nature. By studying the silk that spiders make, Bolt Threads were able to understand the relationship between spider DNA and the characteristics of the fibres they make. Their technology allows Bolt Threads to replicate these processes, at scale, and create silk with remarkable properties, including high tensile strength, elasticity, durability and softness. Not only is this method revolutionary, it creates cleaner, closed-loop processes for manufacturing, using green chemistry practices. It also produces less pollution, creates long-term sustainability and it is vegan friendly, because it is entirely made from yeast, sugar and DNA. No spiders are harmed in the process.🕷️

Conclusion: rather than making materials from death, all of sudden we can make these materials with life and not have to exploit sentient life to do it. Biofabrication is the natural evolution of manufacturing, it is environmentally responsible, efficient and humane. This kind of process is better for the manufacturer, for the designer, for the consumer, for the planet and of course for the animals.

KEY PROPERTIES

Biodegradable/sustainably restorative 

Environmentally/animal friendly

Waste free/uses green chemistry

Grown without herbicides/pesticide

Fast drying/softer to the touch

Improves soil health/creates less pollution 

Increases water conservation

Supports biodiversity & healthy ecosystems

Durable stronger materials 

Antibacterial/holds shape after washing

Made from plant stem cells/wood pulp

Creating renewable, circular system

Recycled from biomass food waste/by products

Provides additional income for farming communities

Left over biomass used as natural fertiliser/biofuel

Helps deforestation