You heard that right. SINGTEX has created fabric from coffee, cleverly named S.Cafe. First there's organic cotton, hemp, then bamboo and recycled PET (from milk jugs). Then it gets strange: fabrics made of thistles, bark, paper made from elephant dung. I have an extensive list of oddball fabrics. Tricia and I are working on a concept that uses milk fibers (which are fantastically soft, by the way). Now this--fabric made of coffee. I have no idea what the resulting fabric is. It might be another cellulose material, like bamboo or rayon. The SINGTEX website says that coffee grounds are a substantial landfill problem. Around here, our coffee grounds end up in the compost or in the garden (they're great for roses), so I'm not sure how accurate the coffee = landfill claim is. I'm doing more research. I'll post a follow-up when I get more details.
I think the real genius application here is a line of clothing made of coffee AND milk fabrics. Latte-wear, anyone?
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