Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

12-2017

School

College of Arts and Sciences

Major

Family and Consumer Sciences

Keywords

Acetobacter xylinum, alternative textile, bacterial cellulose, fashion, Komagateibacter xylinus, sustainability

Disciplines

Bacteriology | Fashion Design | Fiber, Textile, and Weaving Arts | Interdisciplinary Arts and Media | Microbiology

Abstract

Bacterial cellulose is a leather-like material produced during the production of Kombucha as a pellicle of bacterial cellulose (SCOBY) using Kombucha SCOBY, water, sugar, and green tea. Through an examination of the bacteria that produces the cellulose pellicle of the interface of the media and the air, currently named Komagataeibacter xylinus, an investigation of the growing process of bacterial cellulose and its uses, an analysis of bacterial cellulose’s properties, and a discussion of its prospects, one can fully grasp bacterial cellulose’s potential in becoming a catalyst for sustainable fashion. By laying the groundwork for further research to be conducted in bacterial cellulose’s applications as a textile, further commercialization of bacterial cellulose may become a practical reality.

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