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Coconut waste is turned into sweaters 

December 17th, 2018 / By: / EcoNote

Photo: Nanollose.

Nanollose has created a sweater using its tree-free rayon fiber, Nullarbor FibreTM, sourced from coconut waste. The company points to the sweater as proof that Nullarbor can be used within current industrial protocol, since the fiber was spun into yarn, made into fabric and manufactured into the garment using existing industrial equipment.

Nanollose’s biomaterial technology process begins with microbes fermenting liquid waste products from food industries into cellulose, a cotton-like material. The process to produce Nullarbor ends in just 18 days.

The company is developing a supply chain from within the Indonesian coconut industry and aims to significantly scale up fiber production by mid-2019. The company calls it, “a significant opportunity in offering a sustainable alternative for plant-based fibers such as viscose that can have significant environmental impacts.”

Nanollose is a research and development company that specializes in the development of plant-free cellulose technologies. The company is based in Perth, Australia.