By simply being present in the environment, we can reduce the harm we do to our planet.
Together with a group of scientists at the University of British Columbia (UBC), the Canadian-Iranian design investigator, Roya Aghahi – have invented a living, biodegradable fabric made from algae named Biogarmentry – a non-woven living and photosynthesize textile that can purifies the air.
In August 2020, to CNN she said: “You’re not going to throw your clothes in the corner of your closet or into the washing machine. It’s immediately going to shift the way you think about your clothing.”
According to Roya Aghahi, the 100% Lab Made – Biogarmentry, ultimately aims to introduce a possible future for textiles by taking active approaches towards change also explores the application of biology in design to provoke thinking and facilitate new roles and ideals for design.
To make it, a mixture of cells was spun into natural fibers. A type of single-cell green algae called Chlamydomonas reinhardtii – are spun together with nano polymers.
The compostable fibers spun at AMPL UBC and the cells put on top of it until 30 days. The outcome is a 100% natural and biodegradable textile – a sheer fabric with linen touch.
The care instructions of the biogarment: this garment contains green living cells and requires care – by wearing this photosynthetic garment you are actively purifying the air around you – please note that the life-cycle depends on how you take care of it – to activate the cells, leave the garment in direct sunlight for two hours after opening the package.