Ukrainian designers develop clothes from mushrooms, eucalyptus and hemp
Designers of the Ukrainian Fashion Education Group presented clothes made of biodegradable fabric Tencel, a textile fiber based on eucalyptus wood. The looks are complemented by "living" accessories made of myco-material, which comprises two components: the mycelium (the underground root system of the fungus) and the stems of technical hemp.
The clothing collection was developed as part of the Biodesign training unit, the UFEG course, during which they make products from living materials.
The myco-material used in the accessories is also biodegradable and durable. It's water-repellent and fireproof. If the product made of myco-material needs to be disposed of, it's enough to break it and place it in the soil; it will decompose in 30-45 days and fertilize the soil.
For the production of Tencel, fabric plants are specially planted. Then the branches are cut, and soon new ones grow. Thus, throughout the life cycle, eucalyptus forests not only provide raw materials for tissue production but also produce oxygen.