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If 2014 was the year of bringing sustainable fashion to the forefront, 2015 will be the year of embracing it as a mainstream item. Mass market leaders, high-end designers and grassroots labels are online and dishing out green, fair trade and ethical products.
However, it’s one thing to say that you want a product made from cruelty-free leather or for which the workers who made it were paid fairly, how far would the average consumer be willing to go? Designers are beginning to consider alternative to conventional materials such as leather. These alternatives include:
- Fish skin
- Recycled eel skin
- Pinatex (a fabric made of pineapples)
- DIY vegetable leather (made of green tea, sugar, bacteria, and yeast)
- Spiber (a high-tech silk made of spiders)
- Fabrican (a sprayable fabric)
It will be interesting to see how these new-age fabrics will impact the 2015 consumer markets. Keep on the lookout for these unusual and exciting ideas.