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Fabric — Cut On The Bias

Saturday, February 24th, 2018

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How can breakfast become clothes?


Who would think that you could turn your breakfast into clothes? Maybe you but not me. And at the end of NY fashion week with a late breakfast, these two ideas collided. To make it even better, lets throw in some sustainability. Many may think sustainability, fashion and breakfast have nothing more in common than me writing this, but those people are WRONG. There are some really smart people out there making it happen. Just a few sources for these green fabrics that will make sustainable fashion a reality are Milk, Soy, and Coffee.

Filo Di Latte (literally translated – thread of milk) is a world wide patented textile technology that is owned by Mapier. How do you turn milk into fabric, you ask? Warning – Do not attempt at home. Evidently, they have to dehydrate the milk, then place in a centrifuge, a little bioengineering tweek or two. The result is a soft and healthy fiber that has all the characteristics and amino acids of milk. This new and fabulous fabric can be used all by its self or blended with luxurious fabrics like cashmere and silk. The only reason this fabric has not been adopted more quickly is that it takes 100 pounds of skim milk to make 3 pounds of Filo di latte.


I would never think that they could make anything else out of soy but someone has. That someone is Uranus Apparel, UA may have an odd name but they have a eco-friendly product, which closes the loop on soy. UA uses by-products from the soy food industry that would be considered waste to produce their line of boy-short underwear for women. The UA underwear is machine-washable, dryer safe, absorbent and breathable. This soft and comfortable soy fabric has been compared to silk, cashmere, and “being totally naked.”


No, seriously! Coffee once your sustainable source for energy on those late night projects has become a sustainable source for clothing. Jason Chen, general manager of Singtex Industries, had this brainwave while sipping coffee with his co-workers at—where else?—Starbucks, according to the Taipei Times. After years of research and development they found a process to “extract and transform waste coffee grounds into S.Cafe yarn.” They tout that this new fabric will dry quickly, protect against UV rays and control odors all while reducing the strain on landfills (which is where most of your coffee grounds go after your coffee is made… just fyi). So the next time you have a cup of coffee, think about the fact that that one cup can make two t-shirts.



Source: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/08/weird-eco-fabrics.php