QMILK fiber is compostable, flame retardant, soft and smooth as silk. QMilk fiber is made from milk which is no longer suitable for internal consumption and would otherwise be disposed of as a secondary waste. QMilk also patented a specifically designed fibre spinning process which requires little water and energy.
1) So, what is QMilk Fabric and how do you create it?
Qmilk is the first natural fiber made from non-food grade milk. We came up with the idea for QMilk after my stepdad suffered from cancer and we were looking for chemically untreated fabrics. While researching we discovered an old process from the 1930’s when they were creating textiles from milk. Of course back then it was produced with lots of chemicals such as formaldehyde, but we wondered maybe we could use milk to create an environmentally friendly version of the fabric.
2) Why are you creating QMilk?
A global population explosion combined with finite resources means the planet cannot sustain ever-increasing levels of consumption using current models of production. Qmilk offers an alternative by using currently wasted resource – sour milk – and turning it into an eco-friendly fibre.
3) What other projects in the sustainable textiles/fashion space are you are excited about (done by you or others)?
We are excited to see increasing number of products created from food waste. In our opinion these alternative resources will be the future of fashion.
4) How do you see the future of fashion?
Sadly fashion industry is known for being increasingly wasteful. Most people are unaware about the environmental and social strains whilst making our clothing. Yet, more people are becoming aware about the issues in the industry and choose responsibly produced garments and make them last much longer. Still, with growing depletion on global resources we won’t be able to meet the demands unless we find alternative fibres.
5) Anything else you’d like to add/say!?
More than 2 million tons of milk are disposed of every year in Germany alone as it is no longer suitable for internal consumption. However, it is a global problem. Therefore we hope to upcycle this waste stream into a new quality textile material.
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