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Suzanne Lee: Grow your own clothes

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http://www.ted.com Designer Suzanne Lee shares her experiments in growing a kombucha-based material that can be used like fabric or vegetable leather to make clothing. The process is fascinating, the results are beautiful (though there's still one minor drawback ...) and the potential is simply stunning.
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Literal Cancer (46 minutes ago)
Let's nevermind the fact leather is a better insulation and that animals are without souls
Glitchy Glitch (14 days ago)
*forgets that you can mix it with oil and wax to make it hydrophobic*
I’m growing this right now! Experimentation for fashion is so exciting!
Reggiostar (19 days ago)
"It's absorbing my sweat and feeding on it!" xD good video
Espc (1 month ago)
This is fucking gross!
Zev Dragonwolf (2 months ago)
Q:'In the future what will you choose to grow?' ... A: 'Probably NOT a house until you can make the material waterproof ....' hahahaha
Zev Dragonwolf (2 months ago)
All I keep thinking is 'she slept in and didnt have time to brush her hair' lol
//\\//\\//\\ film (2 months ago)
Do you need tea if you aren't going to drink it? Can SCOBY grow on just sugar water?
Krazy0ManMan (3 months ago)
Somebody perfected this already https://youtu.be/Ds8ZFzOwGeI
Krazy0ManMan (3 months ago)
Somebody perfected this already https://youtu.be/Ds8ZFzOwGeI
julian matthews (4 months ago)
I’m vegetarian but i must say you can’t beat the good ol’ proper leather. You can even wear the bloody thing outside and it’s completely see through. Might as well start wearing paper? Following her logic it would be a great idea because it’s renewable , can be organic and completely falls apart if you get it wet. GREAT MODERN INNOVATIVE IDEAS AND DESIGN, WELCOME TO THE FUTUR, WHERE EVERYONE CAN SEE THROUGH YOUR HOMEMADE CLOTHES MADE OF FAT. BUT BE CAREFUL, YOU CANT WASH THEM OR WEAR THEM WHEN IT RAINS AS THEY WILL JUST COMPLETELY FALL APART. (Bet she drives a prius.)
Maggotis Sepputist (4 months ago)
What a waste of time
Yusuf Razif (4 months ago)
Using scoby from kombucha
Ervan Royce (5 months ago)
Ayyy, it doubles becuz u can eat konbucha
Kenneth Akin (5 months ago)
Use frequencies to grow the bacteria along with the procedures it takes to make it, because frequency makes everything the way it is.
Jeff M. (5 months ago)
What about brazing the material with a torch? Much like the top of a creme brulee it would create texture and give it a more leathery color.
Ummer Farooq (5 months ago)
Blast the future is crumply
miris (6 months ago)
This is an amazing idea for conceptual fashion.
TxT Peer (6 months ago)
Landon Blackledge (7 months ago)
This guy (https://youtu.be/Ds8ZFzOwGeI) shows how to make kombucha-based material water resistant.
Nathan Hassall (8 months ago)
Let me be the first to say *shopping bags*
Espc (1 month ago)
Too expensive
Vishva Kumara (8 months ago)
A space-ship maybe, like the Stargate Wraith does :D
Farookh Matawi (8 months ago)
just put some put some dang hydrophobic spray on it
Jake Levinson (8 months ago)
Just completely dry it out and say OK and wax and oil then you’ll have a long lasting water resistancet substance
Lizardguy (9 months ago)
Realtalk Z (9 months ago)
The look, colour and texture looks horrible it has no real world applications and apparently the results are beautiful ? I saw a guy make a wallet from this stuff and it looked horrible lol be reasonable no one would seriously wear anything that's a by product of making booze just to satisfy the consciousness of vegetarians so they can sleep better at night with a hard on in their kombucha pyjamas
Gbenga Awobusuyi (9 months ago)
Tea is served. Bon appetite
Fernando Sanchez (9 months ago)
HC (9 months ago)
Artur Boras (9 months ago)
3 yes .., and invisible ..,
bhaskar huskamuri (9 months ago)
Can you help me for producing mushroom lether I am really interested in this.
Bogdan Pirsan (9 months ago)
That jacket or whatever that she is wearing looks like the skin suit from silence of the lambs.
4foryouglencoco (10 months ago)
There is another channel that had made a mixture to be waterproof
alican yerlikaya (10 months ago)
Eatable condoms
THE FOX (11 months ago)
grow your own human skin like sheet in a tub for about the price of tea and sugar.
Paul Neilson (11 months ago)
I intend to use kiddie pools to grow them. The diameter of a large kiddie pool is about the size of a pelt from a beastly animal, 90 cm (35 inches).
Artemirr Lazaris (11 months ago)
lol.... hmmm could make weaves out of shillings then into knits or threads. Not quite sure on this use, but can one create a sealer... since it is a life form and a bacteria, injecting the lobster virus or other mutengenic compounds from say wasps could create dynaimic changes that strengthen or alter the product significantly.
CQN APDN (1 year ago)
The supra-absorbancy, does it mean that the clothes go on absorbing everything, every chemicals, or at least every hydrophilous chemicals. Not safe. The part of the video I don't like is about OGM kombucha making the 3D cloths, hydrophobic cloths, etc. I don't know if she intended OGM, but it seems. What's the advantage to have non chemical dyes and OGM kombucha?
CQN APDN (1 year ago)
I like it, but it shows the cloths that are see-through, it would be easier to see if it's OK worn by human models. She wears her Kombucha vest, but I'd like to see the pants, the dresses, etc...
H Xen (1 year ago)
Oh, this idea has sci-fi disaster written all over it! You just wait... the organic clothes will evolve into sentient beings and then start demanding rights and before you know take over the world and force us to make more of them. Basically I, Robot but the biological version.
in the end I thought the guy kicked her off stage by saying "Suzanne LEAVE!"
XplaneZ (1 year ago)
but people will still eat cows and pigs and their hides would be taken. The real problem is food.
8 plates (1 year ago)
How crazy is this. Was just thinking about this today and I was looking at my scoby.
meneope (1 year ago)
A girlfriend
Rara Avis (1 year ago)
Interesting...I wonder what became of this, seeing that the talk is 5 years old.
RamessesIX (1 year ago)
Best Science Fair project, ever. This is awesome. One more perplexity for how anyone would want to not like this.
Asahki Applewhite (1 year ago)
Do we really need to wear kombucha... is this the future... am I in the future
lea rodriguez (1 year ago)
I think there's more important to be done..and I feel that this might mimic leather someday if process is improving...it's good for cruelty free things...
Yoite (1 year ago)
This would be good for biodegradable shopping bags.
Keops PS (1 year ago)
It is a start.
Edvis Glu (1 year ago)
straight out of horror sci-fi
hazyjellyfish54eva (1 year ago)
Oh wow, with better hygiene, you can use the scoby for your fabric purpose and bottle up those gallons of good kombuchas 😍
TrainerWhit (1 year ago)
Looks too much like flesh...probably wouldn't wear.
Shin Da (1 year ago)
Wasn't there a liquid recently that you could spray onto surfaces and it would be water repellant? :P
Shin Da (1 year ago)
How does it feel on the skin? Lmao If it's gooey, ew. No thx XD
thunderbird vg (1 year ago)
Looks like combutcha...
Anand Pawara (1 year ago)
That's how Shoe-flower got its name...Hmmmmm
johnknoefler (1 year ago)
There are currently products it could be treated with to make it hydrophobic. That already exists. I'm not sure why she doesn't know this. At that point, it would be a great material possibly for shoes. Also, it would make a unique paper. Imagine business cards you could grow, cut out and then print up. Hmm.
La Thinktopian (1 year ago)
Some sort of glue, like Elmer's, mixed in with her kombucha-based material might work, or rubber tree rubber. You know I find milkweed sap fascinating, there has to be a more varied use for it, besides wart remover.
InAliensWeTrust (1 year ago)
AnonYmous (1 year ago)
that looks gross
Ceren Belayaskala (1 year ago)
can you wash it?
wow this looks really like human skin 😐
Mochab001 (1 year ago)
Imagine the Bacteria and "Fungal" infections from wearing these clothes.
Mochab001 (1 year ago)
....then your clothes will eat your..."SKIN OFF!"
Raisin Robsi (1 year ago)
ok but the clothes are purely fashion. This material appears to be not flexible, stretchy, soft, or thick enough to serve as good clothes.
justin rose (1 year ago)
Hana (1 year ago)
corthew (1 year ago)
Great concept. Seems silly though. And she really needs to work on her terminology. "We can even begin to imagine growing consumables"? Yeah...We should be able to imagine it. We've been doing it since...forever!
TELEVISIBLE (1 year ago)
It is very silent of the lamb
U Wot??! (1 year ago)
that's disgusting
will (1 year ago)
Mom Iam aungry !... eat you coat dear
confusedwhale (1 year ago)
Uh, gross
tayaporn ruang-sri (1 year ago)
I know a group of students who research exactly the same thing. Who knows, we can learn from each other.
Gloria Adu (1 year ago)
thanks youtube fto not letting me commenting
[email protected] (1 year ago)
There is a way of making it water resistent...a method used to make wood permanent water resistent...
Gil Matibag (1 year ago)
Isn't that same as scoby? A layer formed in making kombucha and other probiotic products...
jonny clayborn (1 year ago)
thats the same way the greys grow the clones at dulce.
Bunny Ved (1 year ago)
This is future
Fucked Gplus (1 year ago)
Ill just say it and break all your dream. 18 century Intestine comdom
Gray Filtered (1 year ago)
When you realise she's wearing one of the pieces she's talking about.
kuroki kagamine (1 year ago)
...you can't wash it.
Midwest broterhood (8 months ago)
just ad coconout oil, bee wax and mineral oil and is waterproof
Ian Tosta (9 months ago)
You can't wash regular leather either?
Leonartist (1 year ago)
"growth bath" AKA "tub"
clone doctor (1 year ago)
"add colours without using chemicals" *lists chemical processes*
Sun King (1 year ago)
no not a good performance piece, get over yerself
Eo Lew (1 year ago)
This is bio-3d-print?
It can be hydrophobic through plant wax infusion.
Terrence Vergauwen (1 year ago)
awesome!, now we can use cheap 3rd world african labor to grow, harvest and process sugar cane into all the sugar required to make a tiny piece of "kombucha leather" :)
Berkay Saldamlı (1 year ago)
What is the logic behind the thought that its is ok to take adventage of bacteria? That is so idiotic to ignore the fact that we dont kill for leather and its already a biproduct. And then you say that you save the life of animals saying that they feel and live too yet you basically abuse bacterias with this. Do you consider bacteria lifeless and worthless? That is just hypocrytic.
Steve Thomas (1 year ago)
Bacteria? Yeast? How is this going to react to 98.6 degree human body temperature? Can we say stink! No thank you. Don't forget to put an experation date on your wears Like my loaf of bread please . Fyi leather / cow hide last many years. This stuff is a joke. No thank you.
Domino Picamation (1 year ago)
But you still have to grow the tea and sugar first, and they take a lot of time, water and energy to grow.
Sasha Da Masta (3 months ago)
Sebastian Freiberg or cotton
Vegan Parent (1 year ago)
Except that as she said in the video they could use the waste from other things that are produced and the liquid can be reused as a growing medium. Also in theory since there is already a market for kombucha you could essentially grow this, sell the kombucha which is already being made, so you wouldn't be using any addition sugar or tea that wouldn't already be used.
Sebastian Freiberg (1 year ago)
Domino Picamation just imagine how long it takes to grow a cow.
Sabuj Jana (1 year ago)
Is tha fabric skin friendly ? You are actually wearing bacteria and fungus
Steph Ss (6 months ago)
You already are... better than the pcb's leaching into your skin with plastics, and the horrible carcinogens in leather.
Scarface Reivax (9 months ago)
Its treated by heating
Bunny (9 months ago)
Sabuj Jana it’s not bacteria. The thing was clearly dried in sun/UV rays so has no bacteria or fungus actually. It’s a byproduct of biological processes by microbes, like wool, leather, pearl, cotton, etc: byproducts of natural processes by animals/plants/microbes, treated well to serve human needs. Ofcourse it is not practically useful yet as it is not water resistant.
CQN APDN (1 year ago)
Your skin is already full of useful bacteria. Remove them and you will have serious health problem. Your gut is also full of useful bacteria... You make the confusion between useful bacteria and harmful bacteria causing diseases...
sally D.N. (1 year ago)
Sabuj Jana pretty sure the Scoby dies once it's taken out of the kombucha.
D Baggins (1 year ago)
Pointless if it breaks down in water. I love the idea and potential though
D Baggins (1 year ago)
It would be perfect to help heal severe burn victims.
artistpw (1 year ago)
Kombucha is amazing. I saw another video, where the dried scoby was painted with a mix of mineral oil and wax, and that made it pretty water proof. Other things you can do with extra scobies from making kombucha - you can eat them, make jerky, mash them up and add to garden soil for beneficial bacteria. I just tried that out last summer on a pot of zinnias, and they absolutely exploded with blooms.
Alyslesa Franks (1 year ago)
I could see this idea of growing your clothes in the near future.
andrenegwer (1 year ago)
So you can’t wash it
FutureLaugh (1 year ago)
i cloned myself and wear a leather duster using only my foreskin.
Leep Fart (1 year ago)
Add bee wax and coconut oil let it get absorbed and there you go water resistant
Jfreek5050 (1 year ago)
Genetically splice this bacteria with cotton or silk producers, see what happens.
Gbenga Awobusuyi (9 months ago)
Hmmm the rocket science continues. Would be nice if we can grow bullet proof vests
Pierrick Bramberger (1 year ago)
Couldn't you waterproof it with some oil?
TheBaconWizard (9 months ago)
Yes you can. You need a hard fat such as coconut oil with a little bees wax mixed in.
ReabowRotors (1 year ago)
its horrible!
Iris Woo (1 year ago)
Bernard Figiel that’s because the trillions of bacteria are brain dead like you
Joannot Fampionona (1 year ago)
Lowlandweller _ There is leather made out of plants today. And in this video, it's not faux leather.
A cow has a trillion other organisms in it as well...
Luisa (1 year ago)
+Miss Melle no way faux leather is as good as actual leather. I learned this the hard way. It doesn't last and it goes straight to the landfill since it's not recyclable. Real leather if properly cared for lasts decades, and it is biodegradable.
Michael Balfour (1 year ago)
Bernard Figiel, vegans are defined as "a person who does not eat or use animal products". Animals are of the kingdom Animalia, Microbes are kingdom Microbes which means they are not of the kingdom Animalia. So moral of he story, you should have listened more in school! 😂😂😂😂😂

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