Leather created in a test tube by scientists looks set to revolutionise the fashion industry. Animal friendly and toxin free is could be the perfect ethical alternative.
Vegans and vegetarians have had fake leather options for years. However much of it is synthetic and full of toxins. Now a genetically engineered leather has been developed, which is not only free from animal cruelty, but also reduces environmental hazards.
So here’s the science bit…
Animals cells are obtained, isolated, and genetically modified. A bioreactor is used to multiply the cells, after which they are lumped together by centrifugal force. These sphere-like cell formations are layered and fused into a specific shape through 3D bio-printing. Once printed, the fused cell formation is put into a bioreactor once again, allowing the cells to mature so that they begin to produce a collagen casing for the cells that eventually turns into leather.
This bit of scientific brain-ache has been developed by Modern Meadow, who are also experimenting with genetically modified meat. While most consumers are still queasy about eating GM, the possibility of wearing it might be a little more palatable. And certainly its take up could spell possibilities for improving animal welfare and reducing environmental impact.