Among the questions that could arise spontaneously today, in which yes celebrates Earth Day all over the world, there are those concerning the future of our planet: what will it be like in 50, 100 years? What steps forward will we have made to safeguard it? There are many ways to take to protect the environment, and one of them go straight to our wardrobe. However, in this sense, not only is awareness of sustainable purchasing increasingly spreading, but within the fashion industry the interest – and applications – towards biotechnologies linked to super natural materials.
Some of which, particularly unusual.
The list is very long, and it mainly includes the alternatives to animal skin: its use could not only be drastically reduced for purely ethical but also environmental reasons, given the recurrent use of substance chemical dangerous during the tanning process, as well as the problem of deforestation – although mainly linked to the food industry – and emissions of gas serra resulting from livestock breeding. Taking note of the alternatives to animal skin we find more and more fashion houses and companies that, among the novelties, have placed their attention on vegetable leather made from mushrooms.
Hermès has already experimented with it by collaborating with MycoWorks, reinterpreting one of its most iconic bags, as well as Stella McCartney and adidas. A totally biodegradable material and resistances, the fungal one, coming from the root-like structure that mushrooms use to grow, called mycelium.
Among the most innovative leathers of the moment we also find that of wine, also called grape skin, which is making its way internationally for the production of shoes, bags and clothing: the latter is produced by Vegea, an Italian technological company, which wanted to create a 100% recyclable material, from it looks ultra smooth, soft to the touch and, of course, vegan.
The main ingredient? Nothing but the waste products of Italian wine production, elaborated through a chemical process developed by the company as early as 2018. And, again speaking of leather goods, it is impossible not to mention one of the most popular alternatives of the moment: the cactus. A raw material that is treasured by both Miomojo, a cutting-edge company from Bergamo – which, moreover, has committed to using exclusively recycled materials by 2022 – and the Mexican brand Desserto, with proposals in vegan leather made from cacti and for the fashion and for furniture and cars.
In the gallery, the most curious natural materials of the moment and a selection of products to discover.