Dutch artist finds way to make clothing of cow dung

The melkindustrie in the Netherlands has a nasty byproduct: cowpats. The Dutch artist and scientist Jalila essaïdi talks has, however, found something. In the lab, she puts the manure in the textile, paper, plastic and other raw materials.

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A little cow-dung is not a problem, there is the soil fertile. In countries such as the Netherlands, where there are a lot of cattle on small areas is held, we sit, however, with too much manure and that causes environmental damage. That stench that you smell when you farms is nearing, it is so annoying sometimes also just harmful. The soil the amount of manure in the case of overproduction, causing harmful substances in the groundwater seep and manure into the surface water ends up: bad for our health and bad for the environment.

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The Power of Poo

The Dutch Jalila essaïdi talks went looking for a way to make this harmful over-production to a halt. They came up with a way to get manure to convert to textiles for clothing, kunstmestvervangers, plastic, paper and other materials, and raw materials. She proposes that within a few years, even bridges can be built with the help of cowpats. To her idea, she recently had a fashion show with clothing that was made of cow dung. Essaïdi talks baptized her invention Mestic.


To her idea, she recently had a fashion show with clothing that was made of cow dung.

The mirakelproces

There are several parties interested in the sea to go with Mestic. According to the inventor it will be about three years before individuals can work with Mestic and farmers for their manure can drop in factories near their farm.

The wet and dry components of the manure to be split in the lab. In the dry material, we find pure cellulose, as a result of the grass that the cows eat. The acids from the wet section are then used to this cellulose to convert into a liquid form of bioplastic. These different substances are made, including textiles and hard bioplastic. The cellulose acetate can also be freeze-dried to an aerogel.

What the future brings? The research team hopes the melting temperature may influence the material in 3D printers can be used, and in addition to cow dung, they want the feces of pigs and other animals hands.



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