Let's face it, the clothing industry on the whole isn't exactly eco-friendly. But there are designers who are working to change that. Take Aniela Hoitink, for instance, who is walking the line between microbiology and fashion to invent new sustainable textiles through her Amsterdam-based firm NEFFA.
Hoitink's latest invention is a dress created from disc-shaped pieces of mushroom mycelium, the threadlike vegetative part of fungi that absorbs nutrients, which she believes will "change the way we use textiles," reports Dezeen. The dress is sleek, stylish, and fully compostable. You know, for when it falls out of fashion.
The mushroom-based textile is a new invention, made entirely from mycelium discs without the need for any additional fibers.
"The garment can be built three-dimensionally and shaped whilst being made, fitting the wearer's wishes," explained Hoitink. "Thus, it is possible to create mycelium patterns, to adjust the length of the garment or for example to add elements. This allows growth of just the right amount of needed material, eliminating every potential leftovers or waste during the making process."
Another benefit of the material is that it can be easily repaired, and cheaply. That makes it reusable as well as recyclable. Since 40 percent of all textiles produced are not sold and end up in landfills, the dress ensures a reduction of this waste. It's the perfect fashion-forward statement for any wearer attending an environmental fundraiser, or for anyone simply trying to raise awareness while looking good doing it.
The dress is currently on display at the Fungal Futures exhibit in Utrecht in the Netherlands.