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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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Nathan Hassall (16 days ago)
Let me be the first to say *shopping bags*
Vishva Kumara (20 days ago)
A space-ship maybe, like the Stargate Wraith does :D
Farookh Matawi (25 days ago)
just put some put some dang hydrophobic spray on it
Jake Levinson (25 days ago)
Just completely dry it out and say OK and wax and oil then you’ll have a long lasting water resistancet substance
Lizardguy (1 month ago)
Realtalk Z (1 month 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
Cody Goodman (1 month ago)
Maybe take a cinnamon tree leave?
Gbenga Awobusuyi (1 month ago)
Tea is served. Bon appetite
Fernando Sanchez (1 month ago)
HC Li (1 month ago)
Artur Boras (1 month ago)
3 yes .., and invisible ..,
bhaskar huskamuri (1 month ago)
Can you help me for producing mushroom lether I am really interested in this.
Bogdan Pirsan (1 month ago)
That jacket or whatever that she is wearing looks like the skin suit from silence of the lambs.
Duncan Bananatyne (2 months ago)
Perhaps it can be used to make viscose in a more bio-friendly and safe manner.
4foryouglencoco (2 months ago)
There is another channel that had made a mixture to be waterproof
alican yerlikaya (2 months ago)
Eatable condoms
THE FOX (3 months ago)
grow your own human skin like sheet in a tub for about the price of tea and sugar.
Paul Neilson (3 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 (3 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 (4 months 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 (4 months 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 (5 months 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 (5 months ago)
but people will still eat cows and pigs and their hides would be taken. The real problem is food.
8 plates (5 months ago)
How crazy is this. Was just thinking about this today and I was looking at my scoby.
meneope (5 months ago)
A girlfriend
Rara Avis (5 months ago)
Interesting...I wonder what became of this, seeing that the talk is 5 years old.
RamessesIX (6 months ago)
Best Science Fair project, ever. This is awesome. One more perplexity for how anyone would want to not like this.
Asahki Applewhite (6 months ago)
Do we really need to wear kombucha... is this the future... am I in the future
lea rodriguez (6 months 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 (6 months ago)
This would be good for biodegradable shopping bags.
Keops PS (6 months ago)
It is a start.
Edvis Glu (6 months ago)
straight out of horror sci-fi
hazyjellyfish54eva (6 months ago)
Oh wow, with better hygiene, you can use the scoby for your fabric purpose and bottle up those gallons of good kombuchas 😍
TrainerWhit (6 months ago)
Looks too much like flesh...probably wouldn't wear.
Mira Plasta (6 months ago)
Looks like parchment (dried goat skin). I guess its as stiff.
Shin Da (6 months ago)
Wasn't there a liquid recently that you could spray onto surfaces and it would be water repellant? :P
Shin Da (6 months ago)
How does it feel on the skin? Lmao If it's gooey, ew. No thx XD
thunderbird vg (6 months ago)
Looks like combutcha...
Anand Pawara (6 months ago)
That's how Shoe-flower got its name...Hmmmmm
johnknoefler (6 months 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 (6 months 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 (6 months ago)
AnonYmous (6 months ago)
that looks gross
Ceren Belayaskala (6 months ago)
can you wash it?
wow this looks really like human skin 😐
Mochab001 (6 months ago)
Imagine the Bacteria and "Fungal" infections from wearing these clothes.
Mochab001 (6 months ago)
....then your clothes will eat your..."SKIN OFF!"
Raisin Robsi (6 months 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 (6 months ago)
Hana (6 months ago)
corthew (6 months 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 (6 months ago)
It is very silent of the lamb
U Wot??! (6 months ago)
that's disgusting
will (6 months ago)
Mom Iam aungry !... eat you coat dear
confusedwhale (6 months ago)
Uh, gross
tayaporn ruang-sri (6 months ago)
I know a group of students who research exactly the same thing. Who knows, we can learn from each other.
Gloria Adu (6 months ago)
thanks youtube fto not letting me commenting
[email protected] (6 months ago)
There is a way of making it water resistent...a method used to make wood permanent water resistent...
Gil Matibag (6 months ago)
Isn't that same as scoby? A layer formed in making kombucha and other probiotic products...
jonny clayborn (6 months ago)
thats the same way the greys grow the clones at dulce.
Bunny Ved (6 months ago)
This is future
Fucked Gplus (6 months ago)
Ill just say it and break all your dream. 18 century Intestine comdom
tyler roberts (7 months ago)
"Grow your own clothes" cotton! but who am I going to get to pick all that cotton?
Yellow Waffle (7 months ago)
When you realise she's wearing one of the pieces she's talking about.
kuroki kagamine (7 months ago)
...you can't wash it.
Ian Tosta (1 month ago)
You can't wash regular leather either?
Leonartist (7 months ago)
"growth bath" AKA "tub"
clone doctor (7 months ago)
"add colours without using chemicals" *lists chemical processes*
Sun King (7 months ago)
no not a good performance piece, get over yerself
Eo Lew (7 months ago)
This is bio-3d-print?
Nathan voidcast (7 months ago)
Use oils before and after it dries. Could work? Worth expirementing with.
It can be hydrophobic through plant wax infusion.
Terrence Vergauwen (7 months 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 (7 months 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 (7 months 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 (7 months ago)
But you still have to grow the tea and sugar first, and they take a lot of time, water and energy to grow.
Vegan Parent (6 months 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 (6 months ago)
Domino Picamation just imagine how long it takes to grow a cow.
Sabuj Jana (7 months ago)
Is tha fabric skin friendly ? You are actually wearing bacteria and fungus
Scarface Reivax (1 month ago)
Its treated by heating
Bunnyy (1 month 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 (4 months 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. (5 months ago)
Sabuj Jana pretty sure the Scoby dies once it's taken out of the kombucha.
Sabuj Jana (5 months ago)
Cysts are dead too , I guess
D Baggins (7 months ago)
Pointless if it breaks down in water. I love the idea and potential though
D Baggins (7 months ago)
It would be perfect to help heal severe burn victims.
artistpw (7 months 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 (7 months ago)
I could see this idea of growing your clothes in the near future.
andrenegwer (7 months ago)
So you can’t wash it
FutureLaugh (7 months ago)
i cloned myself and wear a leather duster using only my foreskin.
Leep Fart (7 months ago)
Add bee wax and coconut oil let it get absorbed and there you go water resistant
Jfreek5050 (7 months ago)
Genetically splice this bacteria with cotton or silk producers, see what happens.
Gbenga Awobusuyi (1 month ago)
Hmmm the rocket science continues. Would be nice if we can grow bullet proof vests
Pierrick Bramberger (7 months ago)
Couldn't you waterproof it with some oil?
TheBaconWizard (1 month ago)
Yes you can. You need a hard fat such as coconut oil with a little bees wax mixed in.
ReabowRotors (8 months ago)
its horrible!
Iris Woo (6 months ago)
Bernard Figiel that’s because the trillions of bacteria are brain dead like you
Joannot Fampionona (6 months ago)
Lowlandweller _ There is leather made out of plants today. And in this video, it's not faux leather.
basic beach (6 months ago)
A cow has a trillion other organisms in it as well...
Lowlandweller _ (6 months 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 (6 months 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! 😂😂😂😂😂
Red_Doggo (8 months ago)
This must be how synthetic leather is made.
Noah Spurrier (8 months ago)
What about the odor? Does it have a smell? Does it absorb much sweat? I would think this is a bigger drawback than how it behaves in the rain since I can choose to stand in the rain or not. I can't choose not to sweat. I am impressed by the translucency and the stains. I really like the way it looks. When this talk first started I had pretty much figured this would be some nutty, hippie thing -- and it is, a bit, but it looks really interesting. If only the hygrophilous nature could be eliminated. I feel like if I went out on a humid day with a jacket made of this stuff that I'd come back to find it growing into my skin and I'd be unable to remove it. If it's cellulose then can't it be converted to an acetate or treated the same way rayon is made? I believe the process to produce rayon is not very difficult or complex. Then it should be water resistant.
Zachary Bittner (1 month ago)
+maggPi Prime nope, it's not and rayon isn't an environmentally friendly fabric because of the treatment process.
maggPi Prime (1 month ago)
+Zachary Bittner do you mean *kombucha* is more environmentally friendly than wood pulp? (I hope so.) Your wording is a bit confusing.. In case you mean wood pulp is the more ecological choice, I must disagree. Trees are cut down to provide wood pulp. Kombucha is made from small plants (tea, sugar) water and bacteria. Far more renewable.
Gbenga Awobusuyi (1 month ago)
Might be a good idea if they make rayon with it. Also good for wound dressing potentially since it absorbs a lot of water. Could be impregnated with a water-soluble antibiotic or disinfectant to make it antimicrobial. Just fantasizing though...
CQN APDN (4 months ago)
It won't grow into your skin, but it would absorb sweat, with antimicrobial dying, maybe no odour through, but still a problem. Waterproof is a big issue, if it's not waterproof, and it absorbs water, it means it can absorb anything like water, and probably like oil too. So they're not safe clothes if they absorb everything they are in contact too. Coton absorbs too, but here they talk about supra-absorbancy! Coton doesn't absorb galons of water.
a piece of garbage (6 months ago)
smells like beer most likely
Jason Bristol (8 months ago)
Anyone else completely grossed out by the end of the first minute?
jwesson30 (9 months ago)
This chick is disgusting. Her house probably stinks.
ophello (9 months ago)
Excuse me while I vomit.
Gbenga Awobusuyi (1 month ago)
But you'd have to grow the vomit first.
Ye Lim Kim (9 months ago)
it would leave rather interesting pit stains
Mochab001 (6 months ago)
Sean Harper (10 months ago)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ds8ZFzOwGeI These guys found a way to waterproof the fabric.
keshia pelaige (10 months ago)
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Stephen (10 months ago)
i can change the colour without chemicals, i use iron oxidation. is iron off the periodic table now lol
jim darklighter (1 month ago)
Well atleast she's done something remarkable and useful... What have you done lately?... Useless Sarcasm?... #Uselessidiots
Gbenga Awobusuyi (1 month ago)
+Kristopher Prevo 😅😅🤣
Gbenga Awobusuyi (1 month ago)
+Kristopher Prevo iron oxide is a chemical compound. It is in fact a pigment. But we can still forgive her since she's a layman
Gbenga Awobusuyi (1 month ago)
+Kristopher Prevo are iodine and chlorine chemicals?
Bunnyy (1 month ago)
Stephen chemical like not the fuming harmful ones that you find in chemistry labs. This so called chemical is friendly to humans, to nature overall. Iron oxide is the rust (naturally occurring) and not a chemically produced pigment that has adverse long term effects on us and on environment.
Jerry Whidby (10 months ago)
I wish that she would have shown the rigidity of the material. It looked a bit stiff.
Gareth Baus (8 months ago)
I have experimented with it, it is stiff. It is not very durable either (even when dry)
TravistheHuman (10 months ago)
Shopping bags.
little stripes (5 months ago)
i think this is durable enough, probably more durable
Asterio (6 months ago)
but it really need to be durable... as in it needs to handle a lot of weight
cyvilleish13 _ (6 months ago)
TravistheHuman YESSSS!! this is the answer
Vidhi Jhaveri (1 year ago)
Seriously no one would be wearing this stuff no matter how much others do its publicity unless all the other vegan leather makers come together and design something that actually feel like actual leather and have a almost shelf life is for life ....
a piece of garbage (6 months ago)
this is cheaper than cow leather, so people would wear it.
vicente romero (6 months ago)
I liked some of them...
Mr e (6 months ago)
Vidhi Jhaveri aesthetics are overvalued. what is beautiful today tomorrow would seem ugly.
The Steven (7 months ago)
You don't live in the Pacific Northwest.
Sophisticat (1 year ago)
I think I solved her water proofing issue after thinking on this a bit. I might try it out soon.
Zachary Bittner (7 months ago)
It's been solved. She made crappy rayon. Just used bacteria instead of wood pulp
Bag of Dragonite (11 months ago)
carolyn mmitchell Keep in mind that most glue is harmful in some way and may offgas chemicals. Also most silicon based molecules allows black mold to grow on it in high humidity situations. The way I had in mind is an additive that is natural, hydrophobic and flexible. She also said she wants the product to be biodegradable and the additive I’m thinking of does degrade over time.
carolyn mmitchell (11 months ago)
Sophisticat using some kind of flexible glue that sets in
Te P (1 year ago)
So this is cloning they already been doing this to our food
Gbenga Awobusuyi (10 days ago)
+irock123432 1 yes professor
Gomez l Addams (7 months ago)
it's tea and sugar with scoby kind of yeast that you make a beverage called kombucha with it's sold at most stores nowadays. Some people find it to be very healing some people like to make it into alcohol some people flavor it some people like it. The way I do I like the yeasty taste. it's something that the by product can be put into the compost pile and not harm the planet. I don't know of a way of making this genetically modified organism but then again I'm not that kind of geneticist. Pediatrics abandoned 40 years ago won't take me to that place. I don't imagine that they will be turning it into something any more toxic. It's just a matter of How It's treated once it's been lifted out of the tea.
Gomez l Addams (7 months ago)
irock123432 1 and for this person simply put it's a byproduct of a medicinal tea that's been around for thousands of years. you can turn it into alcohol. I'm always looking for things to do with it when I've made a batch of the beverage. there are some men who have used some oils and waxes and made it much stronger and waterproof. Just keep looking up videos associated with this and you'll find it. She hadn't gotten to the stage of oil and waxes. environmentally it's great because it does compost well and feed the garden with cellulose which we need! and it does have a small amount of nutrients left in it.
Mar L (7 months ago)
Te P p sure it's just bacteria growing
irock123432 1 (9 months ago)
Cloning isn't financially viable for food, with the exception of plants via clonal propagation (mostly bananas, which can't exactly reproduce in a simple manner). One reason cloning isn't used, besides the cost, is that genetically identical organisms are vulnerable to various pests and parasites, leading to potential dangers like the potato famine. Despite what one may think, it's much cheaper to have organisms reproduce the "old fashioned way", and since producers tend to favor low cost, that's how it's usually done. The lodging conditions of various livestock (e.g. chickens, cows, pigs) can be found to be quite cramped, but this is the same principle in action. The ethics of the cramped housing, however, is questionable. Finally, this video is not talking about cloning. The material produced, called "kombucha leather" or a "scoby" (short for 'symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast'), is not produced via cloning. At least, not in the laboratory sense. Yeasts and bacteria are typically very simple to appease; sugar and oxygen will do it, as well as a small amount of nutrients, usually provided by the tea. Then, the yeast and bacteria can go about reproducing like normal, in a method that is asexual but through plasmid transmission nonetheless retains genetic variability, making bacteria not quite clones and resulting in a somewhat substantial degree of variation when combined with the regular rate of genetic mutation and the capability to divide quickly. The thing that the colony, the scoby, creates is a thick layer of cellulose, the same material that is the basis of nearly all plant tissue, save a few exceptions. Cellulose is a completely safe, completely familiar material. Admittedly, the hype about it is somewhat overblown, but this is in fact a very simple, very natural product that just arises by brewing kombucha, which many people drink. Typically the drink is obtained, and the scoby (the material described in the video) is considered waste, and discarded. This type of method minimizes waste by creating both a beverage and a material that, while imperfect, can have many unexpected applications nonetheless. If you've never tried kombucha, or making kombucha, try it out. It's very interesting.
У меня издавна такое волшебство в банке вырастает, лишь я его пью, делаю уксус вымораживанием, и тоже издавна думал о выращивании домов, однако немало нужно сахара. Пока дудки времени и средств этим заниматься. А вообщем мысль весьма перспективна и сравнимо дешева. Можно будет испытать хотя бы поднять перчатки. Правда я не до конца сообразил будто он себя ведет при повторном намокании (к примеру при стирке). Но можно чем то испытать стабилизировать. А еще нужно будто то поразмыслить что бы он рос данной формы. Частично мне это удалось. Например возложить в небольшую баночку - он будет круглый и небольшой, а в огромную квадратную - большенный и квадратный. Можно даже сходу растить этак произнести с естественными отверстиям. У меня этак в одной банке торчала трубочка и я чрез ней пил квас. Интересно что гриб оброс вкруг трубочки. Т.е. двумерную структуру можно придать осталось поразмыслить будто ему придать трехмерную структуру, и будто сушить что бы он не скоробливался. Хотя если сушить под прессом не обязан. В общем перспектив у данной технологии масса. Так что наши депутаты могут уже на данный момент воспретить чайный гриб будто и другие биотехнологии. Например будто воспретили ГМО. Хотя может быть это и не непременно, т.к. такое до нас не дойдет. Даже видео не кто не удосужился переместить, зато различный треп Илона Маска повсевременно переводят. А ведь инфа про биотехнологии была бы на немало полезнее. Это могут мастерить в дома все кто захотит, а Маск и др. трепается о полетах на Марс... В то пора будто у нас здесь быстро будет пустыня, а ведь могли бы брать на вооружение подобные технологии, в т.ч. ГМО и издавна бы уже выращивали дома будто муравьи. Но куда мортышкам до муравьев, с нашими то мозгами, нам лишь товарищ друга дурачиться конечно обворовывать... А вот заниматься биотехнологиями, поменять мир вкруг себя, дудки, пускай это делают бактерии, человек благоразумный не довольно благоразумный для того что бы для себя позволить такое.

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