The Christian Science Monitor reports that researchers have pioneered a new method for producing a wool-like fiber from collagen produced as a by-product of meat production. Swiss scientists are looking at the waste as a possible cashmere replacement. As the fashion industry tackles the challenges of creating new fibers from industry waste or fibers grown in a lab, vegans and non-vegans alike, question whether waste is cool or just plain creepy.
American textile expert Deborah Young, of Los Angeles said in an interview for The Christian Monitor, “We have been trying to replicate what comes from nature forever, with varying degrees of success. There is the notion that if the animal is being used for meat to use all parts of it, which is a Native American sort of respect idea to using the entire animal,” says Ms. Young. “But that really sounds a little gross.”
Young continues, “Azlon [created during WWII] made from skim milk protein (casein) fiber wasn’t popular because people didn’t want to wear skim milk,” Young says.
According to the Christian Science Monitor, The issue with Functional Materials Laboratory fiber is that they are weak when wet, according to FML’s release which is an aspect the inventor is still working on.