Hair fibers have excellent properties
Hair fibers consist of natural polymers and keratin proteins with a protein content of up to 95 percent. Added to this are water, fats and other substances. This makes the fibers stable, heat-insulating, flexible, oil-absorbent and light.
Keratin fibers can therefore also be used to insulate houses, rid rivers of oil spills, reinforce porous materials such as concrete, or replace wooden sticks in scent diffusers. In addition, because human hair releases nitrogen as it decomposes, it can be used as a natural fertilizer, Kollar said. First clothes, then plant food.
The five-person start-up, which includes textile and chemical engineers, is already working with several fashion companies. The plan is to launch the first collection this year.