Fashion Institute of Technology




Flora Fur

Isabella Bruski, Noah Silva

Flora Fur is a sustainable, biodegradable, fauna-free fur made from milkweed. Derived from hollow cellulosic fibers which surround the seed, furs are both insulative and hydrophobic. By using linen as the binder, the project utilizes native flax and milkweed plants, which grow together naturally to create biodiverse permaculture farms and provide refuges for monarch butterflies.



Mitchell Henderson, Daniella Koller, Monica Palucci

Though used in 80% of clothing in the US, Spandex cannot be recycled. EcoLastane creates a biodegradable replacement fiber derived from elastin found in post-consumer oysters collected from local restaurants. After removing the elastin, shells are returned to the harbor to benefit New York’s shoreline and estuary.




Evelyn Rynkiewicz

Evelyn Rynkiewicz (PhD) is an Assistant Professor of Ecology at FIT. Before coming to FIT, she earned her PhD from Indiana University and subsequently conducted research as a postdoctoral research scientist at the University of Edinburgh (National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow) and Columbia University. At FIT, Evie teaches classes in ecology and biology. Her overall goal is to increase science literacy among non-science majors.