Hagfish Slime Might Be The Future Of Fashion

Hagfish are jawless, spineless creatures that live at the bottom of the ocean and eat dead whales. When they are attacked or threatened, they spray predators with a slimy substance, and someday in the not-too-distant future, your clothing might be made out of that lovely slime. Here’s the deal: as of now, most synthetic fabrics such as nylon and spandex are made from oil. As we all know painfully well, oil is not a renewable resource, and at some point we’ll need to find a new way to make our hoodies and slutty yoga pants.

Hagfish slime has a few things going for it as a potential source of fabric: it’s super strong, easily stretched, and when it dries, the texture becomes silky. Hagfish usually grow to be about a foot long, but each one contains hundreds of miles of slime. Cool, huh? Large-scale hagfish farms don’t seem to be feasible, so scientists are currently trying to find a way to recreate the proteins found in hagfish slime in order to manufacture an artificial fabric with similar properties.

In the meantime, don’t be surprised in Marc Jacobs sends a hagfish collection down the runway soon, just to get in on the trend early.

[BBC News]