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January 7, 2008 -- In the
future, you may snuggle up in warm, cozy sweats made of chicken feathers or
jeans made of wheat, enjoying comfortable, durable new fabrics that are “green”
and environmentally friendly. Researchers in Australia are reporting that new
advances are paving the way for such exotic new materials — made from
agricultural waste or byproducts — to hit store shelves as
environmentally-friendly alternatives to the estimated 38 million tons of
synthetic fabrics produced worldwide each year. They review research on the
development of these next generation eco-friendly fibers, which will produce
fabrics with a conventional feel, in the November 26, 2008 issue of ACS’
Biomacromolecules, a monthly
In the article, Andrew Poole, Jeffrey Church and Mickey Huson
note that scientists first produced commercial fabrics made of nontraditional
materials — including milk proteins, peanuts, and corn — almost 50 years ago.
Although these so-called “regenerated” fabrics had the look and feel of
conventional protein-based fabrics such as wool and silk, they tended to perform
poorly when wet. This problem, combined with the advent of petroleum-based
synthetic fibers, caused the production of these unusual fabrics to stop, the
Amid concerns about the environment and consumer demand
for eco-friendly products, renewable fabrics made from nontraditional
agricultural materials are now poised to make a comeback, the scientists say.
Promising fabric sources include agricultural proteins, such as keratin from
scrap chicken feathers and gluten from wheat, they say. The scientists describe
advances in nanotechnology and chemical cross-linking that can improve the
strength and biodegradability of these fabrics, paving the way for commercial
production of eco-friendly clothing, furniture upholstery and other products.
This news release was provided by The American Chemical Society — a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress
and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through
its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences.
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