Thursday, November 17, 2011

Milk cotton

Pasta with chickpeas and vegetables
Food Diary (November 16, 2011)
Breakfast: Rolled oats with plums, coconut, sunflower seeds and flax seeds
Lunch: Pasta with chickpeas and vegetables
Dinner: Sandwich, polenta onion bread

Today was the National Fast Food Day. I think its only celebrated in the US. Some would argue that just about everyday is a fast food day but that’s another issue. 

There are over 300,000 fast food restaurants in the United States. That works out to be about 1 fast food restaurant for every thousand person. In 1970, U.S. consumers spent $6 billion on fast food. In 2000, U.S. consumers spent $110 billion! The fast food industry is fast growing for sure.

Today's Favourite Photo
Sprinkle Sandwich Cookies

Today’s Favourite Blog
Anke Domaske, a German designer has come up with an award-winning new textile made entirely from milk. Called Qmilch, it claims to be environmentally friendly as well as soothing to people with skin allergies. It drapes and folds like silk, but can be washed and dried like cotton. By next year Domaske has plans to begin mass producing.

She currently uses only organic milk that cannot be consumed because it has failed Germany's strict quality standards. So in a way milk that would have done to waste is used.

Milk fabric comes with a hefty price tag. It costs €20 ($28) per kilogram. In comparison organic cotton costs 40 percent less.

Anke says that only 2 liters of water is needed to produce 1 kilogram of fabric, which is enough to make several standard dresses. By comparison, the same amount of cotton requires more than 10,000 liters of water. However the article fails to mention the amount of water required to breed cows as well as the environmental cost. In any case it is an interesting innovation. 
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  1. Those are the cutest sandwich cookies! And how interesting about fabric made from share such good info~

  2. Your breakfast sounds amazing! Your picture of the day is stunning....

  3. So what do they do on National Fast Food Day? Eat more fast food? Betcha the hospitals get crazy busy during that period and the doctors are happy.
    Fabric from milk. Cleopatra would be happy. For the life of me, I can't imagine how that works. Brain dead me.

  4. Wow that milk fabric sounds amazing! How creative! :o

  5. A very interesting innovation, indeed! I would love to see how it looks (some modern, ecological inventions are not very aesthetic ;-) I will look up this fabric on internet. Thanks for one more fascinating discovery!

  6. What an interesting concept: milk cotton. I'd be eager to try that out once it's mass produced.

  7. Oh my goodness, I saw that article yesterday. Completely bizarre. I am looking forward to seeing whether it actually catches on as a trend.

  8. Lizzy: I am very curious also re this milk cloth

    Ann: thank you

    ping: I wonder too what happens on National Fast Food day. I feel sorry for those who eat fast food everyday since they have nothing special to celebrate:)

    Lorraine: it is creative indeed

    Sissi: I've read that it looks and feels good and probably does not smell bad after a few days:)

    yummychunklet: it might be a while before it comes to US, perhaps

    Mary: bizarre and creative.

  9. Wow for the fabric...what about lactose intolerant people lol. Seriously curious to see where this will go.