CAN FABRIC-EATING MUSHROOMS SOLVE FASHION’S WASTE PROBLEM?
Esprit thinks it has the answer to the ever-growing mountain of clothes waste.
The brand plans to put mycelium to work, taking the concept that fungi can break down your clothing by consuming it, and theoretically saying bye bye to landfill in the process.
They conducted trials using mycelium and fungi, using it to grow through and break down surplus items. They found the hungry mushrooms took best to organic fibres such as cotton and hemp, and chomped more quickly on undyed items.
“Observing the mycelium ‘eat’ the surplus material in such a short amount of time was a reminder of how this early exploration can lead to a new suite of possibilities,” a Pentatonic spokesperson said.