We are more than 7 billion people on the planet, and we all need something to wear each day. Many of us enjoy fashion and trends, but the clothes we no longer want are a big problem. Aniela Hoitink got fed up with everyone expecting someone else to change this and decided to do something herself. The result? Mushroom roots that can be turned into sustainable and compostable garments.
The innovation in a nutshell
Custom-made clothes made from decomposable mushroom roots.
Let us explain
Aniela Hoitink was already researching mycelium, mushroom roots, when she discovered she could re-think not only the material, but also the production technique. “I saw a solution that would enable us to produce better clothes with the option to be affordable in the long run. For this I took inspiration of nature’s own consumptive behaviour,” she says.
She literally went to the root of the problem and found an unexpected resource in mycelium. Combined with 3D technology, MycoTEX found a way to produce custom-made clothes out of this new natural fiber without the need to cut and sew. And as icing on the cake – once you’ve worn the garment out, simply bury the garment in the ground to decompose.
Since winning the award
Thanks to the financial grant, MycoTEX recently set up their own lab facility and hired a microbiologist, to speed up their research. The challenge is to improve the material for daily wear, and they are working hard to make it possible.
Aniela is also looking for partners interested in producing MycoTEX feedstock and products, as well as funding as they are planning to have a pilot collection ready for testing in 2020.
“In the past year we have expanded our network enormously and are grateful for all the help – big and small – we are getting from everyone,” says Aniela.
Team members: Aniela Hoitink