Problem: Milk Waste
In Germany every year 1.9 million tons of good milk is disposed of . This waste is costing manufacturers, as well as contributing to food waste and landfill overspill.
Technology: “When Technology Meets Fashion” by Charles Morley
In 2011, German micro-biology student, Anke Domaske, discovered t a way to make textiles out of milk, tea and coffee beans. She then launched Qmilk, which produces fabrics made from 100% biodegradable/renewable materials, mainly raw cow milk. In order to do this “you add the protein powder – it looks like flour – to water and you mix it into a dough. Then there’s a nozzle at the end with teeny tiny holes that put out textile fibres instead of noodles”. Qmilk 1 kg of fiber only needs 5 minutes to produce and max. 2 liters of water, this means it can be more cost efficient as well as produce fewer CO2 emissions. finally, it is naturally antibacterial, which means it can be used for those with sensitive skin or textile allergies.
Qmilk tech engineers/designers
In order to implement this technology on a large-scale, a number of investors need to be introduced
Qmilk is a small company, based in Germany. In order to spread the technology, it must be introduced to the US market and other European countries that have a big influence in the fashion industry.
Fashion designers must begin to use the technology to introduce the innovation to the public and encourage its usage down the supply chain i.e. factories and low-end designers/retailers.
3 thoughts on “Fabric Made of Food”
I think it is interesting that the article mentioned this textile reduces bacterial growth and skin-sensory properties, which make it ideal for all activities in any climate. It sounds like a great material for athletic clothes, and ensures that less milk will go to waste.
I really like the idea of utilizing products that would otherwise be discarded. Thinking outside the box to use non traditional items to perform functions that would other wise create additional waste. Great idea.
This is a really interesting way to reduce the environmental impact of the dairy industry that could be implemented in other countries such as the U.S.