22 May '16, 9pm

#tea Design News - Blog - Don't Just Drink Your Tea ... Wear it!

Numerous industries are focused on developing more environmentally friendly materials and products, and the fashion industry is one that could benefit from these efforts. A researcher at Iowa State University has developed a biodegradable film similar to leather that can be used to make clothing, shoes, or handbags. Young-A Lee, an associate professor of apparel, merchandising, and design, is leading the research, which is using cellulose fibers -- a byproduct of Kombucha tea -- as the basis for the material. The fibers feed off a mixture of vinegar and sugar to grow the film by using a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY). Biodegradable fabric -- strikingly similar to leather -- is being made into clothing, shoes, and purses, from a byproduct of kombucha tea. (Source: Iowa State University) “Byproducts come from the Kombucha tea-making process,” Lee explained in...

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