Lots of the clothes we wear every day are made of plastics. Plastic is made from oil which will run out one day. Plastic production releases lots of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide. Alternatives that are more sustainable must be found. Scientists are hard at work creating new, more sustainable fabrics. Some are made of unusual materials, like mushrooms, poo and nettles. Hover over the materials below to learn more.
Poo from dairy farms, which is high in cellulose, is made into a clean and durable material.
Nettles are recorded to have used to make fabric for a very long time. Pieces of nettle hemp have been found and dated to before Jesus was born. Recently there has been a revival and nettles are cool again!