Clothing Fibers 2.0: The Future of Clothing

Cotton clothes have been a fashion cliché for a long time. New times bring with itself the need of innovative trends. Let us put a spotlight on the next generation of clothing made out of pineapple and coconut.

Pineapple, banana, and coconut are not just fruits you can eat, but you can also make clothes out of them. Sounds insane, right? The amazing discoveries have lead designers to fashionably transform fruits into clothing.

One-third of the fiber industry consumes cotton for making clothing items. A revolutionary change has been brought into the fashion industry by introducing fruit clothing.

Check out what materials the new clothing trends bring for you:

Pineapple Leaves


Another eco-friendly material in town is the pineapple leaves fabric. No need to use those chemicals in leather tanning now as petroleum-based textiles are making way through the textile industry. Made from the byproduct of the pineapple leaves in the pineapple harvest, the resulted material is almost like leather and very sturdy. Making fabric out of pineapple leaves brings in more benefits to the farming communities. The biomass from the industrial process is converted into fertilizers used by farmers. You can buy pineapple leaf fabric at $18 per meter which is 40% cheaper than actual leather. Experts are working on to make it biodegradable and toxic-free.

Coconut Husks

Coconut is not just a Hawaiian thing. Known as the “tree of life”, palm trees are known in the industry by their byproducts such as milk, water, and meat. Things go way beyond this, now coconut fabric can be counted in the list too. North Face and Tog 24 are the two outdoor clothing companies that are adopting the coconut textile trend. With a combination of coconut shells and volcanic materials, a much synthetic material is formed. Along with the 45% cocoa, 555 polyesters are used to make the fabric suitable for sportswear.

The fiber obtained from coconut husks are also converted into a charcoal that is bio-waste based and is used as an organic fertilizer by farmers. Wait, there is more. The charcoal could also reduce pesticides, improve soil quality and keep coconut textile fashion in the supply chain.

Algae

Soon you will be entering a world where clothing is made from algae. Sounds creepy but it’s true. Algae will be replacing all the hazardous chemicals that are used in producing textile. These single-celled organisms are what you could wear too. The manufacturers are finding this actually pretty easy without the use of strong chemicals. Cloth coloring with algae will also be something you might catch up in the news. Algae clothing is said to be more sustainable than other materials. Well, you have to wait to experience that.

Banana Fibre Clothing

Believe it or not, but nearly a billion tons of banana stems are discarded every year. Only 37kg of stems are needed to produce a single kilogram of fiber from it. The Philippine Textile Research Institute revealed in 2012 that over 300,000 tons of fiber can be generated from the plantations of bananas in the Philippines.

Offset Warehouse is the eco-textile company that recognized the fibrous power potential in banana stems. The Warehouse immediately partnered with an NGO in Nepal and made sure the production of banana fabric supported the artisan sector of the local Nepali. This not only escalated the idea and the work but also gave motivation to the local labor in return of which they got fairly paid too.

The texture is soft and the color of the banana stem fabric is neutral. It looks similar to bamboo and hemp. Offset Warehouse has declared this as one of the perfect material choices for trousers and jackets.

Does that ignite the spark of excitement within you?

About Fariah Salahuddin

Fariah is a full-time freelance writer and blogger. Although, she's a business student but still likes to explore new horizons of learning of various educational disciplines. Fariah spends most of her time researching and writing. Outside the web, she loves practicing calligraphy. Music, movies and outdoor activities are what keeps her entertained and her mind refreshed.

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