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Vegetarian fashion designer Stella McCartney has teamed up with animal rights charity PETA and Stray Dog Capital to invite students to invent vegan wool.

The trio has sponsored a prize as part of the 2018 Biodesign Challenge. To win the PETA Prize for Animal-Free Wool, students have to develop an innovative, sustainable, bio-fabricated animal-free wool.

 The Biodesign Challenge Summit will take place in New York City on June 21-22 – students from around the world will take part.

The winners students will get to learn from Stella McCartney, spending up to two weeks at her UK headquarters.


The international competition is part of a drive to encourage designers to ‘reshape’ the fashion industry, creating more sustainable designs.

Stella McCartney said: “We’re so excited for everything that’s happening in biotechnology and everything that’s unlocking in fashion and how modern it is.

“We’re so, so thrilled to find out what you guys are going to come up with.”

McCartney added that they want entrants to ‘develop a proof concept that works from A-Z’, saying it has to be useable in fashion design.

The designer is excited by changes in modern fabrics


According to PETA, creating a new vegan alternative is not just about animal rights, it’s part of a wider environmental issue – and reducing the impact animal agriculture has on the planet.

The charity cites a number of innovative designers who have created alternative fabrics from materials including cork, apples, and pineapples.

PETA says: “We’re looking to you – we can’t wait to see what you create.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.