Fabrics from fermenting wine, beer and coconut water - Innovation @ E2Expo
Updated : December 2020
Plant free microbial cellulose rayon fibres
Food waste fermentation for cellulose fibres
Plant cellulose fibres are one of the most sustainable materials for textiles as they easily biodegrade, however, the raw material cultivation is resource intensive and felling of trees has environmental impacts. Nanollose is an Australian based biotechnology company working to produce first-of-its-kind garment made from tree free rayon fibre called Nullarbor. The fibre is made through a fermenting process using raw materials such as beer, wine and coconut water. The process does not involve the felling of trees or require the use of arable land or its associated use of irrigation, pesticides and other resource intensive inputs.
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The plant free cellulose can be used as an alternative to cotton and viscose rayon, thereby minimizing environment and resource management impacts arising from their fibre production processes. It can easily be integrated with existing industrial machinery or processes.
The company's first dress made of wine and coconut water was exhibited at Milan Expo 2015. It has also partnered with Grasim Industries Ltd., of the Aditya Birla Group for scaling Nullarbor fibre production.