Self-Repairing Fabric Says: “So Long, Sewing!”

Self-repairing fabric could make sewing, patching, or discarding the worn and torn options of the past


Pennsylvania State University researchers used bacteria and yeast to develop a biodegradable liquid that, when activated with warm water and pressure, can easily allow torn fabric to bind to itself. This liquid presents a number of potential benefits: from improving protective clothing for soldiers, clinicians, or farmers, to increasing the longevity of clothing and reducing consumer waste of fabric.

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