Allbirds to make shoes using plant-based leather to help “eradicate petroleum from the fashion industry”

American footwear brand Allbirds is set to introduce what it claims is the first leather alternative entirely made from plant-based ingredients. The brand says that the compostable material, called Plant Leather, has a carbon impact that is 40 times lower than animal...

Phillip Lim and Charlotte McCurdy adorn couture dress with algae sequins to avoid “reaching for polyester”

Fashion designer Phillip Lim has teamed up with industrial designer Charlotte McCurdy to create a petroleum-free dress covered in bioplastic sequins. Algae bioplastic fronds are sewn onto a biodegradable base layer made of plant fibres. This makes the dress free of...

Erez Nevi Pana constructs “small-scale architecture” from Dead Sea salt

Israeli designer Erez Nevi Pana used five tons of salt from the Dead Sea to create his Crystalline collection, which showcases how the material can be used as building blocks. The collection consists of four sculptural elements: a ladder, boulder, steps and a walkway,...

Biomimicry could lead to cities that “deliver net benefits” in the fight against climate change

Cities could help stop climate change by imitating natural processes that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, according to architect Michael Pawlyn. Buildings could be constructed from materials containing atmospheric carbon that can be recycled at the end of...

Shorts that imitate Kim Kardashian’s bum are “a perfect ubuesque finale for 2020” says commenter

In this week’s comments update, readers are both horrified and delighted by silicone shorts that imitate Kim Kardashian’s bum and sharing their views on other top stories. Beate Karlsson has attempted to design never-before-seen items, resulting in the...