Upcycling: a fleece made of dust
The Cotton Dust project looks at the processing and use of cotton dust, which is produced during the machine drying of towels and is usually treated as waste. We realised that this material offers unexpected potential for the design of innovative textile surfaces.
Cotton dust, generated in tonnes in the textile industry and usually disposed of through thermal recycling because it is too short-fibred to be recycled, was transformed by us into a new textile surface without the addition of binders or melting fibres. The manufacturing process gives the material a flexible, stable and soft touch and it is washable at 40° degrees. The cotton fleece is also sound absorbent.
We work closely with local industries to turn our ideas into practice and so contribute to sustainability. Our aim is to offer a new perspective on the possibilities of recycling textiles and to show how we can use recycled materials in our daily environment.
'funded by the Fritz and Trude Fortmann-Stiftung'