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Suzanne Lee grows vegetable leather from bacteria creating eco-friendly fashionSuzanne Lee grows vegetable leather from bacteria creating eco-friendly fashion

WATCH: London Designer Grows Vegetable Leather

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Talk about creative. London-based designer Suzanne Lee is keeping up with the eco-friendly times and has come up with a new biodegradable, yet fashionable, vegetable leather, BBC News reports.

The “fabric” is crafted from green tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast. Like all good fashion, it doesn’t just happen overnight, but takes about two weeks to grow. What’s interesting is it can be molded, dried, cut and sewn into anything.

Since this isn’t your average material, the vegetable leather will harden and rot after about five years. Lee notes “you can compost it down with all your other vegetable peelings.” That also means there will be more room in your closet for new clothing, maybe even some made from vegetable leather.

After extensive research about where fashion would be in 50 years and further discussion with a biologist, Lee came up with the eco-fashion idea. So far, she has created a jacket (seen in the video below) and a dress.

The idea is so unique and very green that Lee has had several global clothing manufacturers reach out for collaboration.

“The fashion textile industry is desperately looking to reduce its carbon footprint and look for materials that are more sustainable,” Lee said. “To get it to where it needs to be involves some cutting-edge science, but with the right funding in place it has potential to be a radical alternative to traditional textiles.”

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  • Plynnem

    Truly disposable fashion

  • http://www.theconversionstrategist.com/ Yassin Shaar

    I believe there is something similar to this, maybe even better called organic leather. It lasts a life a time and very eco.

  • ShoptobeGreen

    wow…this is very cool!

  • Ginette

    where is the video?

  • rachael

    I am seriously wanting to make this for my art textiles class and would love if someone could help me find the right bacteria or if i just need yeast for it ! x

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