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Could Mushroom Leather Be the Big Textile of the Future?
9 Mar

Could Mushroom Leather Be the Big Textile of the Future?

The leather industry has gotten a bad rap for sustainability and has been proven to have a negative impact on our environment. But what if having a new leather bag didn’t have to mean choosing between pleather, vegan leather, or supporting unsustainable farming practices? You may remember this post we did a while back on Pinatex®, a leather alternative made from pineapple leaf fibers, but today we're talking about another alternative—mycelium. MycoWorks has set out to create a replacement for leather made from animal hides with their mycelium-based mushroom leather. This sustainable leather alternative promises to solve the problems of synthetic alternatives. This is great news, as leather from livestock has a huge negative ecological footprint.   Why Search for Another Leather Alternative? Not only...
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22 Dec

Are Pineapples the Next Big Thing in Sustainable Fashion?

Dr. Carmen Hijosa / Source: Ananas Aman With the textile industry ranking as one of the top greenhouse gas contributors in the world, insurmountable waste being added to landfills, global wildfires, and ever-emerging evidence of global warming progression, sustainable fashion is quickly becoming a hot topic in the fashion world—and it seems as though it hasn’t come quite soon enough. As a result, designers around the world are looking for new ways to manufacture, and are producing collections made from natural and recycled materials. One such material? Everyone’s favorite tropical fruit: the pineapple. Or rather, pineapple leaf fibers.   Developed by Dr. Carmen Hijosa of Ananas Aman, the natural vegan material Pinatex® is making waves in the textile industry...
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6 Mar

A Dozen Women’s Spring Trends to Shop For in 2020

Despite the snow on the ground in some areas of the Midwest, spring is just around the corner. So put your puffer jacket and velvet details to the side for a minute and get ready to talk about what’s coming around the corner.   Crochet Photo: Filippo Fior/GettyImages   Crochet details are heating up the runways and print spreads as we head into spring. To make the crochet-trend workable, consider a crochet sweater over a cute camisole, crochet cardigan, or even crocheted hem on a skirt.   Leather/Vegan Leather Versace/GettyImages   Leather and vegan leather are showing up everywhere – from floor-length trenches to dresses made of the material. If you’d like to work this trend into your spring wardrobe, consider a...
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