In the world of go-green eco-friendly fabrics, bamboo, hemp, and organic cottons rank on top of the popular fibers that most people know list. But just like any exposed treasure, it is only a matter of time before the possible risk of overconsumption and resource depletion start to creep into reality. With this unfortunate pattern of abuse in mind, scientists and researchers are always looking for new fiber sources and improved methods of sustainable processing. The goal being to provide an all natural and preferrably organic fiberous material that can be used in the textile industry for the use in garments, interior decorating and upholstered goods.
One boutiful source of not only alternative nutritional supplements, but fiberous material as well, is the ocean. Still a vast resource full of marine life, plant life, and mystery, the ocean has given birth to several organic fibers used today in fabrics such as seacell and water hyacinth.
Raw water hyacinth stalk fibers are being researched for use in the manufacturing of clothing and home fabrics. The stalks have been tested through a series of chemical and mechanical treatments to achieve the crimp like property of wool for better processing, reduction in the plants gummy content, and softening of the fibers to make them fine and fit for knitting and weaving. Blends of 80/20 and 63/35 of polyester/water hyacinth fibers were ideal for home textiles such as curtains, upholstery, table cloths and bedding.
Water hyacinth fabric is not available on the market yet, but keep your eyes open for this innovative step in sustainable apparel technology. In the meantime, visit us online for selected organic fabrics just in time for the upcoming season.
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