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The Purhyphae project

Mycelium for the biodegradation of textile waste

What can we do with the 85 billion garments textile waste going to the dump ever year? Use them as a raw material for the growth of fungus! Fungi are incredible species, capable of feeding on a wide variety of substrates, including toxic ones. The mycelium of fungus (their "root") can be used to create leather like materials. Mycelium was put to grow on a mix of textile (natural and synthetic) and coffee waste, colonized the substrate, feeding from it and partially digesting it. The remaining undigested textile fibers act as a reinforcement of the textile.

Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia
Annah-Ololade Sangosanya
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