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Please Don’t Eat the Trousers

Written by PETA | July 16, 2010

Fashion fast-forward with the latest cruelty-free design: “Leather” made from green tea cultures! In a new process being developed by visionary designer Suzanne Lee, bacterial cultures are extracted from vats of green tea and then formed into eco-friendly cellulose sheets. Suzanne uses this “textile biomaterial” to make fashionable and cruelty-free jackets and dresses.


© Suzanne Lee


© Suzanne Lee


Unlike real leather—animal flesh coated in toxic preservatives such as formaldehyde and chromium to keep it from decomposing—BioCouture clothing is safe for animals and the environment. It isn’t commercially available yet, but some of Lee’s fresh and fabulous designs are on display at the Science Museum in London until early next year.


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Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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  • Matt says:

    Where’s the option for ‘I don’t want to look like I’m wearing something between lizard skin and orange peels. I’ll stick with leather.’ Seriously I’m all for animal friendly clothing but that just looks bizarre. And it also resembles tanned skin.

  • Alex says:

    I think this is such a wonderful idea! Some people wear leather to look good or cute. And if they buy this jacket they are doing just that. And saving animals.

  • Sam says:

    Three points 1. Cellulose is a very fragile material. While it may be “ecofriendly” it’s not nearly as durable right now. 2. Not all leathers are treated with chemicals. There is a vegetable tanning process that still produces good leather and is far less harmful to the environment. 3. Bikers and other people are still going to go for the real thing until you can make a durable product.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    Since I don’t think this would protect my skin in a motorcycle accident which is the main reason bikers wear leather I think I’ll stick to kevlar.