A rise in healthy living has brought beverages like kombucha into the spotlight—and now, it is being put to use as an alternative to leather.
Researchers at Iowa State University have succeeded in creating a plant-based leather from kombucha by growing cellulose fibers in the lab from leftover kombucha tea, vinegar and sugar. Kombucha is known as a drink that's rich in probiotics, but in this case, the bacteria is harvested and dried in order to create an authentic leather texture.
Many fashion designers are now making use of unconventional materials in order to reinvent familiar product forms. Other examples similar to this alternative textile include sneakers that are made from ocean trash and accessories made from fruit-based leather.