The textile industry accounts for over one-third of mankind's carbon emissions. | iStockPhoto

8 Strange Textiles for Tomorrow

From mushrooms to milks, materials scientists are finding innovative solutions to reducing pollution, waste and carbon emissions.

Published On 09/27/2013
1:12 PM EDT
Cloth can be made from the bark of a fig tree species called Mutuba. | BARKTEX
Flax can be grown with far fewer pesticides, water, emissions and land use than cotton. | CRAiLAR
Antimicrobial, flame-resistant, non-allergenic fiber can be made from casein, a milk protein. | Qmilk
The unique structure of honey bee silk makes it ideal for use in sponges, transparent films, biomimetic fibers and nanofibers. | CSIRO
This fabric-based adhesive is inspired by the gecko foot. | UMASS Amherst
A bacteria byproduct grown in sheets is used to create shirts, jackets and kimonos. | Science Museum London
Agricultural byproducts combined with mycelium, the vegetative growth stage of fungi, result in sustainable packaging materials. | Ecovative
Engineering microbes to break down plastics into their chemical components could improve the efficiency of recycling technologies. | iStockPhoto