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Grow Your Own Clothes

24 Sep

ORESUMODAMODA - Bio CoutureEver heard about growing your own clothes? It may sound a bit futuristic but it can be more realistic than you imagine.

A lot of designers nowadays are thinking about how they can make design more sustainable. We already have bio-cotton and some brands re-use the fabric of their old collection for new items, but BioDesign may be the a good alternative for sustainable fashion.

BioCouture, a design atelier in London, tries to find new innovative ways to use new biomaterials and use that for new consumers designs. They already made a “bioleather” jacket out of bacteria and are researching new developments in biomanufactering, so that maybe in the near future they can make helmets out of crab shells and transform carrots into skateboards. In this short TED movie you can see how that process with “bioleather” works. The biggest advantage of using this bio material is that when you don’t like your clothes anymore, you could just put it in the ground and it will disappear. There’s only one disadvantage and that’s that if it comes in contact with liquid it will start growing again and will suck all the liquid up, what will make it very heavy.

So this may not be a perfect solution for sustainable clothing yet, but it’s definitely a really interesting development. Imagine how different the whole meaning of fashion can be if you can grow your own clothes and throw it away without feeling guilty after you don’t like it anymore. Or the animals and raw materials we could save by using biomaterials?

If you’re as interested as I am in this topic, it’s probably very cool to visit the exposition about BioDesign in Rotterdam. 


Smart Material, Palm Leather

2 Oct

The Resort Slipper

Today I went to the Transnatural festival at NEMO Amsterdam, an art, design and industry exhibition about balancing nature & technology.

There was one thing that really caught my attention, ‘The Resort Slipper’ from Dutch designer Tjeerd Veenhoven. He discovered that when the leaf of a palm is combined with a bio-organic solution is has the same characteristics as leather or rubber. The Resort Slipper is produced from this material, it’s an economic, fully bio-gradable sandal who can replace the disposable flip-flop.

Tjeerd Veenhoven - Palm Leather

A very sustainable way of producing and also a very cool and original product, the palm leafs also feel very nice and comfortable and it’s very flexible to0.

Overconsumption? Rent an outfit!

18 Sep

Do you know that feeling? A closet full of clothes and still you don’t know what to wear, or you buy new clothes every month, wear them a couple of times and don’t like them anymore?

Overconsumption is a very common topic nowadays, and I also started thinking about it a lot. I always buy fast fashion because it’s cheap and I don’t want to spent all of my money on the latest trends. You never know when they’re already outdated. One thing I already started doing was just thinking how I could do something about that myself. I already swept some stuff with friends and try to buy less clothes of fast fashion retailers, but then I found out something perfect for me and also other girls who love fashion!

Le Tote – Your closet. Expanded. 

This new initiative from San Francisco gives you the opportunity to always look great and trendy at a sustainable way, not by buying but renting your clothes! For $49 per month you can rent a complete fashionable outfit (including accessories) of good quality and all sustainable brands. You just have to subscribe, let them see what your personal style is and they make a package for you with your new outfit. When you don’t like it anymore you just send it back an receive a new outfit. So you never have to buy stuff you’ll eventually don’t wear anymore and still are dressed in the latest trends.

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