By  on July 11, 2016

A team of students from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology and Pratt Institute had the unusual idea of creating yarn out of algae, specifically alginate, and the fungus chitosan, and it won them a prize.

Rather than looking at the material solely as a molecular structure, they examined it through a fashion designer’s lens. As a result, they extruded it from a syringe as a filament and knitted this “yarn” into fabric. The resulting textile, though not ready for production, represents a step toward a closed-loop life-cycle system for fashion, as the fabric is not only biodegradable but could be used as a nutrient for growing more materials.

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