“After two years of trial and error, working with a research lab, Domaske and her team of six finally landed on a process of reducing milk to a protein powder that is then boiled and pressed into strands that can be woven into a fabric.
The strands, she says, can be spun rougher for a heavier texture, or shiny smooth, to create a soft jersey that drapes and feels like silk.”
Her fabric not only feels fantastic, but only used a fraction of the water it would take to create the equivalent amount of cotton fabric. Although it costs a little more than organic cotton to create, she uses organic milk that would have gone to waste--milk that has failed to meet the very strict German quality standard. Qmilch has a lot of potential to change the fashion industry and beyond. Domaske has already been approached by automobile makers, hotel owners, and those in the medical and hospital industries who want hypoallergenic material for seat covers and beds. This could be a really great way to ease the daily lives of those with skin sensitivity.
To read more, check out the Associated Press’ interview with Domaske and Qmilch’s official website.