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“Greenest” fabric yarn is derived from 98% water

Jul 17, 2017, 8:03 AM EDT
(Source: Amanda Slater/flickr)
(Source: Amanda Slater/flickr)

In their quest to replicate the strength and flexibility of spider silk, architects and chemists from the University of Cambridge have developed a fabric that not only mimics the incredible properties of natural silk but also qualifies as the greenest artificial fiber.

The new fabric is derived from a material called hydrogel, which is 98 % water, while the manufacturing process takes place at room temperature without the use of any toxic solvents, writes Tree Hugger.

Researchers celebrated the achievement adding that the sustainable approach could soon replace traditional, energy-intensive manufacturing of synthetic fibers, notes University of Cambridge.

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