10. Fermented wine
Scientist Gary Cass and textile artist Donna Franklin have worked together on a dress prototype that came out in 2007. This dress, however, came with a twist as it is made from contaminated fermented wine. This wine has been contaminated with microbes and this is the reason it became fabricatable. The downside of this dress, however, is the odor. Another prototype of the dress is yet to be released and, hopefully, it will be more wearable.
9. Soy beans
Soy hulls can be used to manufacture a fabric! They are actually considered as tofu garbage which are discarded during the tofu manufacturing. It is called the ‘vegetable cashmere’ due to extreme softness. However, all the fabrics made of it are blends as the fabric does not have a strength that even matches cotton.
8. Stinging nettle
Now this is a fabric! It is highly durable, fire resistant and stronger than cotton. It has been invented by a UK university and it was awarded as it is indeed an amazing fabric made from a plant that is renewable and grows with not so much water.
7. Sea cell
An Austrian company succeeded in the manufacturing a fabric that is softer and more breathable than cotton. It is made of sea weed, sea cells, wood extracts and other ingredients. It highly nourishes the skin and this is why they use this fabric in bras, underwears and bedsheets.
6. The pepsi wastes
Pepsi have invented a new way of reusing the pepsi plastic bottles in creating a fiber. It can be mixed with recycled Polyester and it creates a fiber that is indistinguishable among the ordinary ones. Giorgio Armani even used it a dress back in 2012. This would solve the problem of the mass numbers of dumped plastic bottles by the pepsi consumers. Did I mention that it consumes a lot less energy than creating new polyester?
5. Coconut shells
Because of the massive use of coconuts in the eating, drinking and beauty industry, a lot of shells are dumped. So, a new fabric is invented to use cocnut shells and it is proven to consume less drying time and the extreme odor absorption which is rather a very good quality in a fabric.
4. Tree dropping cellulose
This fabric is known to absorb wetness and this is the reason behind using it in sportswear. It also is good for keeping body odor in check. It is light, it is comforting and it is called Lenpur.
3. Sweet corn
This Fiber was produced in Nebraska in 2005. The manufacturing requires using a certain percentage of extracted sugar from the corn. Through a process of polymerisation this sugar is turned into plastic strands which could work as the plastic made from petroleum products. This plastic is also used in the manufacturing of a fabric whose production requires 68% less energy than polyester or nylon.
2. Old coffee grounds
The amazing thing is that they first tried adding coffee grounds to the normal fabrics due to its odor controlling qualities. The amount of coffee used in making a cup of coffee is sufficient to be blended in the manufacturing of three T-shirts. Now, it is also used in sportswear as it is ultraviolet rays resistant and it also dries quickly.
1. Hagfish mucus
It is not really a fish, however, it lives in the sea and it is the closest thing you have for a fish. It secrets mucus in order to help herself out of her enemies grip. This mucus has been researched and proved to be 10 times stronger than nylon.
It always comes back to the natural! After science has so much evolved in inventing and creating, it always get back to the simple natural things that nature has bestowed on us. However, it is fair to believe that are yet many discoveries to be made and be sure it could be something that you use all the time! What do you think the next big thing will be?