Designers are always trying to create what’s “next,” finding new and innovative ways to make clothes of out unconventional materials in unusual shapes, now with an additional focus on environmental sustainability. Dutch artist Jalila Essaidi has taken that task to an all new height with Mestic, her design project that creates fabric out of excess cow manure.
After reading reports about the major surplus of cow manure and the dangers it presents to the air, water and soil, Essaidi thought of a way to use the product to produce raw materials, creating not only bio-fabric but plastic and paper. The artist was able to extract chemicals and acids from the manure that naturally create liquid plastics from which fibers can be formed and turned into materials such as textiles, papers and plastics.
According to Essaidi, Mestic “generates new sustainable raw materials that can be used by the manufacturing industry, thereby spurring the settlement of new industry and the development of new innovative technologies in the future.” Her goal is to “create a circular economy with cow manure, therefore allowing the agricultural sector to adhere to (inter)national policies while still making it possible for them to keep their investment (cows) and grow.”
From here, she plans to explore other possible sources to create innovative material with her organization BioArt Laboratories, which aims to be the impetus for more “crossover innovations” that further advancements in biotechnology.