The world’s first-ever garment made from plastic-free, plant-based sequins has been created by Stella McCartney.
This newest innovation has been dubbed ‘BioSequins’ and it comes courtesy of a material innovation company creating sequins derived from plant-based cellulose called Radiant Matter. Since the sequins are plant-based, they are plastic-free, biodegradable and non-toxic and contain no metals, minerals or synthetic pigments and colorants.
These BioSequins were used by Stella McCartney to create a handmade, all-in-one jumpsuit that was custom-made for model and activist Cara Delevingne.
“I am amazed by the iridescent beauty of our BioSequin all-in-one – handcrafted in my London atelier from plant-derived, non-toxic sequins that are even more stunning than conventional options. Who says sustainability can’t be sexy?” said the designer in a press release.
“It’s so special to see how Stella McCartney has worked with our BioSequins to bring them to life on this beautiful jumpsuit. We’ve loved her uncompromising approach to sustainability and aesthetics which are reflected in every decision, down to the fabric and thread choice, resulting in a stunning yet fully plant-derived garment,” adds Elissa Brunatto, founder of Radiant Matter.
Around 33 million sequinned garments are purchased in the UK every festive season, with 1.7 million landing up in landfills often after just 5 wears, according to Oxfam. As a result, around 35 per cent of the ocean’s microplastics are found to be coming from synthetic clothing.