German designer Anke Domaske believes she can ‘do your body good’ by making clothing from milk. Domaske, a biochemist and fashion designer, developed a process of reducing milk to a protein powder that is then boiled and pressed into strands that can be woven into a fabric. Qmilch drapes and folds like silk and can be washed and dried like cotton. Made from all-natural materials, it is not only ecological but is reported to be soothing to people with skin allergies. The fabric is antibacterial, anti-aging and can help regulate both blood circulation and body temperature. And, have no fear, Qmilch doesn’t come with an expiration date. The apparel industry depends heavily on byproducts from oil or natural resources like water -- thousands of gallons of the latter may be used to produce just one bolt of cotton. Domaske uses only organic milk that cannot be consumed because it has failed Germany’s strict quality standards. Still, the idea that it will cost less to produce Qmilch has been met with skepticism: AP reports that, “at $28 per kilogram, [Domaske’s] fabric costs more to produce than even organic cotton, which goes for about 40 percent less.” Domaske uses Qmilch in her own clothing line, Mademoiselle Chi Chi, and has plans to license it shortly.
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