The Washington Post reports on Luis Quijano, a 19-year-old former political science major at Liberty University who is experimenting with growing his own "leather-like material" using water, sugar, green tea, kombucha, and fermentation.
While Quijano, who started his operation out of his dorm room, admits "it can get a bit smelly," he also says "it has the potential to eliminate a lot of waste from the fashion industry," which can be incredibly destructive to the environment. Growing your own material can not only make the process more ecologically sound but can also eliminate the need for turning materials into yarn, weaving, or sewing.
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