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No waste. American scientists have created a machine for the production of edible clothing

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun19,2024

No waste. American scientists have created a machine for the production of edible clothing

Researchers from the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado in Boulder have developed an innovative machine for spinning textile fibers from environmentally friendly materials such as gelatin.

These "biofibers" resemble flax fiber and dissolve in hot water in a few minutes to an hour. The study was published in the journal Proceedings of the CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

The team led by Eldi Lázaro Vázquez presented their results at the CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Honolulu. Michael Rivera, co-author of the study and associate professor of computer science at the ATLAS Institute, noted that these fabrics can be recycled by dissolving them and creating new fibers.

The machine created by the researchers is compact enough to fit on a desk and costs only $560. Lasaro Vazquez hopes that this device will enable designers around the world to experiment with creating their own biofibers, customizing their strength, elasticity, and color.

The research came out against the growing problem of textile waste. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, more than 11 million tons of textiles were dumped in landfills in 2018. A new technology offers a solution to this problem, making it possible to create sustainable textile materials.

The machine uses a plastic syringe to heat and squeeze a liquid gelatin mixture, which is then stretched into long, thin fibers similar to a spider's web. In the process, the fibers pass through liquid baths, where biological dyes and other additives can be added. For example, the addition of genipin, a fruit extract, makes the fibers stronger.

As a proof of concept, the researchers made small sensors from gelatin fibers, cotton and conductive threads. These sensors were immersed in warm water, which made it possible to easily separate and process the gelatin.

Designers can change the chemical composition of the fibers, making them more elastic and resistant to water, and also use other natural ingredients , such as chitin and agar-agar. These innovations open up new possibilities for creating sustainable and recyclable textile materials.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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