Australian biotechnology company Nanollose claims that they have successfully created its first test-garment made from Nullarbor fibre, a sustainable alternative to rayon and cotton.
Earlier this year, Nanollose showed its first circular knitted fabrics made from its fibre at Planet Textiles in Vancouver. These circular knits were made from microbial cellulose derived from coconut waste.
More recently, the company has successfully tested the yarns on v-bed knitting machines to produce 3D shaped knitwear. Yarn tensions and knitting 3D shapes on flat knitting machines provide significantly different challenges to yarns used to make single-jersey fabrics.
This creation milestone is a significant step in Nanollose’s journey from converting it’s Nullarbor fibre into a piece of clothing, validating that the Company’s technology could offer a commercially viable, eco-friendly manufacturing solution for the clothing industry who are urgently seeking alternatives to rayon and cotton fibres.
Nanollose Managing Director Alfie Germano said; “This garment represents another world first achievement for the Company and takes us a step closer to offering global clothing and textile manufactures with a sustainable fibre alternative. The textile and fashion industry are very sensory and tactile, to them seeing and touching is believing, so having the ability to produce garments will assist in securing commercial and development agreements. We now plan on refining our fibre-to-garment manufacturing process by implementing critical learnings uncovered during the process, with work already underway to create a showcase garment for clothing and textile groups.
About Nanollose Ltd
Nanollose Limited (ASX:NC6) is an innovative Australian company that uses a low cost and eco-friendly fermentation process to grow fibres that could become a sustainable alternative to conventional plant-derived cellulose fibres.