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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Suits from straw? Researchers identify fashions from the farm

Suits from straw? Researchers identify fashions from the farm

In the future, it might be perfectly normal to wear suits and dresses made of chicken feathers or rice straw. But don't worry: These clothes won't resemble fluffy plumage or hairy door mats. Scientists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln plan to develop these agricultural waste products into conventional-looking fabrics as a way to reduce the use of petroleum-based synthetic fabrics. With millions of tons of chicken feathers and rice straw available worldwide each year, these agricultural wastes represent an abundant, cheap and renewable alternative to petroleum-based synthetic fibers, says Yiqi Yang, Ph.D., a professor of textile science at the university. And unlike petroleum-based fibers, these agro-fibers are biodegradable.



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September 14, 2006

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