Cactus leather and vegetable ivory and vegan wool, oh my! If the contents of my local grocery store’s cold case and the videos Netflix is suggesting I watch are any indication, I am not the only one experiencing guilt around food—the type that’s more about climate than calories. Having embraced a vegan diet for a while now, I find it pretty easy to eschew beef burgers. But as an avid adventurer, I’ve had a much harder time giving up my leather hiking boots. So many of the materials we rely upon to access the outdoors are derived from animals, which of course imbues time spent in the natural world with all manner of ecological and moral complications. Fortunately, innovative companies are now developing plant-based alternatives to animal-derived fabrics. Which might mean that in a few years, we can all save up to buy the hiking boot version of an Impossible Burger. Here’s a look at some of the ways in which brands are turning plants into products. Spiber Fabric According to the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Higg Index of Sustainability, silk has the highest environmental impact of any textile. The need to keep silk plants at a constant temperature consumes […]


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