27 Apr '16, 5pm

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From sauerkraut to sourdough, Americans have been quick to embrace better eating through beneficial bacteria. Will they extend the same enthusiasm to “fermented fashion” ? Scientists from Iowa State University are all but counting on it. Burnished by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency , associate professor Young-A Lee and her team are growing vats of gel-like film composed of cellulose fiber, a byproduct of the same symbiotic colonies of bacteria and yeast (abbreviated SCOBY) found in kombucha , another of the world’s populated “live culture” foods. Once harvested and dried, the resulting material has a look and feel much leather. It can even be made into clothing, handbags, and shoes, according to Lee, who, as far as we can tell, bears no relation to “biocouturist” Suzanne Lee , who pioneered a similar process a decade ago.

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