Appreciation: Biotextiles: Sustainable style.

Discussion in 'Fungi, Lichens and Slime Molds' started by togata57, Jun 12, 2021.

  1. togata57

    togata57 Contributor 10 Years

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    The autumn/winter 2021 Hermès Victoria (prices start from about £3,500 for its previous leather version) will be made from Sylvania, a leather grown from fungus, before being crafted in France into a perfect Hermès handbag.

    Mushrooms, pineapples, grapes, cactus and apples are just some of the plants on the receiving end of billions of dollars of research and development funding to create leather and plastic replacements.

    Bio-leathers are made either from agricultural byproducts or specially grown crops. Mycelium, the root structure of fungus, has become a favourite in the luxury industry.


    It’s this season’s must-have Hermès bag. And it’s made from fungus
     
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    Frog Rising Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Thank you for posting this @togata57
    Although a niche market at present, I find this sort of news hopeful in general :-)
     
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    Me too.

    Bit by bit, little by little, we progress.

    I am cheered to read of creative, inventive people finding ways to conserve and reuse. These folks are illuminating pathways out of ingrained 'use once throw away' thinking.
    Every time I read a story about recycling plastic into paving bricks, sea urchin shells into pottery glaze, bread crusts into beer---grapes, flowers, mycelium into textiles---I am cheered, I am encouraged.

    Read about it, know about it, learn about it---care about it---do it.
     
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