Long-time partners in the fight against climate change, Adidas and Stella McCartney have furthered their innovation in eco fashion with a vegan spider-style silk which has enabled their creation of a Biofabric tennis dress.
Not only is the high tech creation vegan, but it can fully biodegrade. The dress is made using Microsilk, a bioengineered yarn made from yeast, developed by Cali biotech startup Bolt Threads.
It could herald a new era for the fashion industry if produced at a large scale. Despite alternative fabrics like wool and cotton being labled as biodegradable, the processes and chemical treatments that are used during the manufacture of such materials can significantly slow the break-down process, or put a halt to it completely.
“Fashion is one of the most harmful industries to the environment,” said McCartney.
“We can’t wait any longer to search for answers and alternatives. By creating a truly open approach to solving the problem of textile waste, we can help empower the industry at large to bring more sustainable practices into reality.”
“In order to encourage people to have better practice in their business, to have better product for the planet and the animals who inhabit us with us, then there absolutely should be some laws in place to make it harder for people to screw the planet up.”Stella McCartney
Microsilk is still in its infancy but Bolt Threads claim that it will be much more sustainable than petroleum based fibres such as polyester.
We look forward to seeing vegan tennis sisters, Venus and Serena Williams, in the dress next season.