2018 Biodesign Challenge Includes PETA Prize for Animal-Free Wool
Yesterday, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) announced that in partnership with Stray Dog Capital and Stella McCartney Ltd., the first-ever PETA Prize would be offered for a biofabricated vegan wool at the 2018 Biodesign Challenge.
According to the website, the Biodesign Challenge “offers art and design students the opportunity to envision future applications of biotechnology,” and the themes for this year include “architecture, water, food, materials, energy, medicine, and others areas where biological design could make a dramatic difference.”
According to PETA, the award, which will be announced today at the Biodesign Challenge Summit at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, will “both inspire and equip young designers to develop a sustainable material that spares animals suffering.” The announcement adds:
“The PETA prize will be awarded in June 2018 to the team that explores and/or develops proofs of a concept for a sustainable biomaterial that could replace animal wool. The student teams should take into consideration the material’s lifecycle, production processes, disposal, and potential for recycling. The teams should also explore how the biomaterial manufacturing process might scale up to be compatible with or even propel today’s garment industry.”
As there are already so many innovative plant-based alternatives to leather, we are excited to see what the students think up for wool!
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