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Wearable Food Waste May Help Solve A Global Problem

May 26, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Researchers in Hong Kong are working on a way to turn discarded food into clothing. The core of the technology is the use of a lactic acid fermentation to transform starchy food waste with high sugar content into spun fibers. The researchers say the fiber is not yet strong enough to make textiles out of it, but further study should solve that problem. Meanwhile, scientists around the globe are creating their own food-waste-to-clothing solutions: orange peels into textile fibers; “leather” from pineapple leaves; fabrics from fermented milk and wine; and even food waste buttons.
"Use the power of innovation to reduce food waste", South China Morning Post, May 26, 2016, © South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd.
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