This spider silk ski jacket is made from innovative materials for a more sustainable apparel industry. To date, most sports apparel is manufactured with synthetic polymers such as polyester or nylon which are produced from petroleum.
It is not only that the production of such materials consumes extensive amounts of resources, water and energy but it also produces massive amounts of greenhouse gases. Moreover, with the growing threat of the global reserve of fossil fuels running out, the apparel industry has to shift from non-renewable to sustainable resources right now.
Spider Silk Ski Jacket – Synthetic Protein
Spiber Inc. is one of the most innovative companies combining joint research in chemistry, biology, and nanotech to produce ‘Q/QMONOS’ synthetic spider silk on a commercial scale. In fact, ‘Q/QMONOS’ is made from a synthetic protein based on fibroin extracted via microbial fermentation and proprietary spinning processes, unlike the classic fibres made from petrochemicals.
“We see proteins as a completely new class of materials. For 3.8 billion years, the appearance of new proteins has driven life on earth to evolve into a surprisingly diverse range of species. We are focusing our efforts on studying proteins in order to master them for use as industrial materials.”
Spider Silk Ski Jacket – Japanese Ski Apparel
Spiber’s innovative material balances high functionality with environmental friendliness and already has the capabilities of being produced on large, commercially available scales.
The material’s first case use came from Goldwin, a Japanese ski apparel and lifestyle premium label, in the production of its most innovative and sustainable ski jacket to date.
Spider Silk Ski Jacket – Beazley Designs
“We are motivated by the renewable and eco-friendly aspect of our protein materials. Through raising awareness and pursuing mass adoption we hope to contribute with a solution to some of the world’s ecological issues,” said Daniel Meyer, Spiber’s Marketing and Communications manager.
The jacket has been nominated for the prestigious Beazley Designs of the Year 2018 award, hosted by The Design Museum in London, remaining on display until January 9, 2019. For more details on this ski jacket prototype, head over to Goldwin’s official website now.
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