Fashion designers and companies have been putting emphasis on mindful and demand-based production, as well as reliable sustainable alternatives to materials — these eco-friendly sequins are a great example of the movement.
Overseen by Elissa Brunato, the project realizes Bio Iridescent Sequin made from the cellulose extract from trees. The material is available in abundance in nature as it is one of the most common polymers on Earth. The eco-friendly sequins can be made within a day in a laboratory setting, while the cellulose itself needs time to grow — it can "take anything from a couple of weeks to a number of years." Each sequin uses very little cellulose. The crystalline form of the ingredient allows for it to react with light in a shimmering manner.