The Garment Industry Has Become An Environmental Ambassador, Making Fabric From Coconut Waste

- Aug 21, 2019-

    Environmental awareness is on the rise. As the world's second largest natural resource consumption and pollution industry, clothing industry is also changing year by year, from bamboo, marijuana, to recycled plastics.Now Nanollose, an Australian biotechnology company, is using coconut waste to develop plant-free synthetic fabrics that are cleaner than cotton.

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    The garment industry claims to be the second most polluting industry because the raw materials used to make textiles take up a lot of agricultural land for cultivation, not to mention subsequent processes that use a lot of chemicals to eliminate pests, process fibres and waste a lot of precious water.

     To make the artificial fibers now used in clothing fabrics, which have to be cut down from countless trees, chopped up and treated with dangerous chemicals, it takes 2,700 liters of water, or about two and a half years, to make enough cotton for a T-shirt, says Alfie Germano, President of Nanollose.

    Disposable culture shapes our throwaway, disposable shopping habits, especially clothing, and we rarely reflect on the waste of resources behind it.In an effort to change the culture, designers are coming up with new textiles, including Aniela Hoitink, a Dutch designer who developed fabrics from mushroom mycelium that can be thrown away and added directly to the compost pile.

    But do we have a chance to wear new clothes without cutting down trees?Perhaps. Nanollose is now developing an exclusive technology to turn organic coconut waste into synthetic fibers, called Nullarbor, which has demonstrated the first complete nonplant-based fabric products.

    This kind of fiber is actually lend an infectious microbe fermentation ", "small caps" reported that the company's "fermentation fashion" concept originated in 2006, the company founder Gary Cass is still an agricultural scientist and winemaker, first make a batch of bad wine, and then found that can be fermented into dry leather materials, founded in 2014, Nanollose company finally.

    In addition to coconut waste, the new technology could also turn waste from the wine, beer and other beverage industries into fiber, eliminating the need to invest large amounts of land, pesticides and irrigation water.Nanollose has signed a memorandum of understanding with PT Supra Natami Utama, an Indonesian food producer, to acquire large quantities of coconut waste and mass-produce artificial fibres.