Spoiled milk becomes toilet paper. Pineapple leaves become faux leather. Spider silk becomes a Lexus seat.
These are just a few of the applications on the market as supply chains seek sustainable solutions to meet growing consumer demand.
In Supply Chain Dive's series, Deborah Abrams Kaplan explores the innovative ways manufacturers are taking natural materials and waste products — and giving them new life in the form of textiles.
The supply chain behind turning unusual materials into textiles
Businesses are mining waste products for fiber production, giving rise to dozens of new alternative fibers on the market made from everything from mushroom roots to spoiled milk. Read More >>
Farm to label: Turning corn into textiles
About 400 million tons of corn goes to waste each year, making it a good candidate to transform into new materials. Read More >>
Case study: Circular Systems turns scraps into textiles
In the era of fast fashion, producers are looking at alternative materials to support growing consumer demand. Read More >>