The bacterial printing biotechnology of Tamara Hoogeweegen, is a unique lab-grown alternative to conventional textile printing. This method of printing is produced by growing bacterial cultures in petri dishes, then applying them with the help of heat to fabrics. As a pioneer in bacterial printing, Hoogeweegen views biotechnology as a means to empower society, and has therefore created an openly accessible booklet entitled ‘Bacteria Printing for Dummies’.
Research by Chan, Shin and Jiang, is an example of the potential for zero-waste production of textiles using a self-growing biomaterial, bacterial cellulose textile. According to their research, the use of ‘contact surface blocking cultivation’ and ‘panel-shaped cultivation’ were successful in the effort of producing tailored textile pattern pieces. An inevitable advantage of using this textile technology is the elimination of the cut phase during manufacturing. This amounts to a significant reduction in production costs, energy consumption and natural resource depletion, as the accumulation of fabric off-cuts is eradicated.
While these novel and unique techniques to generate textiles are revolutionising the industry, and though still far from mass implementation, they continue to inspire change. We encourage you to check out Modern Meadow, a great online resource to further explore the research and developments within textile innovation. The future of sustainable fashion starts here.