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Designer creates clothes from milk

The Local · 30 Sep 2011, 08:09

Published: 30 Sep 2011 08:09 GMT+02:00

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“The proteins in the powder care for the skin,” said 28-year-old Anke Domaske, who has founded the QMilch line, explaining how she believes the technique she came up with in cooperation with the Bremen Fibre Institute could have applications for other industries, including medicine.

Of course it’s not just powdered milk that goes in the clothes, but the process could be a breakthrough for the fashion industry, which is looking for new ways to create cheaper and environmentally friendly clothing.

So-called “bio-clothing” has become a hot trend in the fashion industry. Big European companies like H&M and C&A have been released organic cotton lines.

“The issue of sustainability has become a great advertising vehicle,” said Heike Scheuer, a spokeswoman with the International Association of Natural Textile Industry.

But many organic materials used by designers are scarce and expensive on the international market. That, Domaske said, is a reason her technique could become popular.

It works by putting the powder, along with a few other natural ingredients, in a machine reminiscent of a meat grinder. The fibre that emerges is then spun into yarn to make clothing.

But Domaske may still need to convince her critics in the coming years.

Hans-Peter Fink, professor at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research in Potsdam, believes bio-based fibres are the wave of the future: “Big industry is trying to broaden the resource base,” he said.

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But he is sceptical about making textiles from powdered milk, saying more testing is needed to see if it is really better or cheaper than existing materials on the market.

Domaske, however, remains enthusiastic. “We have had a lot of incredibly good luck. Many people can't imagine that we have developed this fibre in just two years,” she said.

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Your comments about this article

09:57 September 30, 2011 by Gretl
At a time when environmentalists are denouncing cattle farming as bad for the environment, they want to introduce a fiber that is dependent on cattle farming? It isn't like dairy products are cheap now.

On a more practical note, how long would the fabric last and would it hold up to washing?
10:02 September 30, 2011 by Heinrich der Zweite
My wifes knocked out about this, so now although her powered milk makes her cough, she makes our baby's clothes herself.
15:30 September 30, 2011 by catjones
Misleading story and hype for the designer. Take the milk out of the ingredients and you'd still have a fiber.
19:03 September 30, 2011 by Englishted

I tried taking milk out of ingredients, but there is no m ,and so I was not left with fiber.

If you can't make better word puzzles than this go back to the drawing board :-).
15:08 October 9, 2011 by georgekl
The proper use of knowledge and technology are some of the main aspects sometimes not considered as important.

Technology and science, always had the power to take us a long way further to a better or even worse world.

The environment, ethics, etc. should never be ignored.

New Computer Memory Technology - FeTRAM


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