Eco friendly textiles are in demand, and conscientious designers always have one eye open looking for sustainable material sources.
Designer and founder of Qmilk (also referred to as Qmilch), Anke Domaske formed her start-up venture with her father in mind who was diagnosed with cancer. Thinking about the enormous amounts of spoiled milk poured out in Europe alone, and wanting to find comfortable clothing that had not been chemically treated led her to look into milk proteins.
Though this sounds like a brand new concept, milk proteins were actually used in textiles in the 1930’s.
However, during that time they were manufactured by complicated means using heavy chemical processes. Looking for a way to update the procedure making it more environmentally and health centered, she reexamined how milk waste could be turned into natural fibers and incorporated into soft, sturdy fabrics. After the trained biochemist’s initial experimentation in her own kitchen, her milky fashion line was born.
The process of turning the natural material into a workable fabric sounds a little like an intensified science experiment.
The castoff milk is fermented and made into a powder. It can then be heated and blended with other organic substances and formed into a biodegradable yarn like material. Additionally, it only takes approximately 1 hour to process, does not use a lot of water or energy to make and employs no chemicals. Further, it is naturally antibacterial making it ideal for sensitive skin and allergy sufferers. The designer also obtains the milk products from sustainable and ethical animal sources.
In addition to the clothing line, other products include textiles for the home and biofibers for the automotive and medical industries.
The Qmilk fabric reportedly has a creamy texture and is comfortable yet luxuriously form fitting.
Watch the video advertisement about the milk derived fashions:
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