Umorfil Beauty Fiber: fish-based textiles

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Innovative textiles are growing and offer an eco-responsible alternative to mass-produced fabrics. Researchers are developing original technologies that are designed to make better use of resources and offer a better product to consumers. Let’s discover together the Umorfil® technology which offers a major innovation in the world of textile fibers.

What is Umorfil® technology?

This textile technology comes from bionics, a science that seeks to apply biological processes to technical systems. This field is very recent, having emerged in the 1960s. The Taiwanese group Camangi became particularly interested in this field with the idea of “taking comfort to a higher level”. Thus, in 2012, the development of a new supramolecular polymerization technology was undertaken. The researchers wanted to offer a new generation of bionic fibers, derived from a natural environment in order to create an efficient and environmentally friendly fiber. They found the solution in fish scales and particularly in the amino acids of the marine collagen peptide. Tilapia is an exotic fish living in deep waters and measuring 5 to 50 centimeters long. It is the perfect candidate for this innovation since its scales are extremely rich in collagen and its preservation is not, for the moment, endangered because it is not a rare resource. A contraction of the Latin “Umor” meaning moisture and the word “thread”, this bionic technology integrates marine collagen into fibers such as viscose at the supramolecular level.

The Umorfil® Beauty Fiber

Umorfil® Beauty Fiber® technology integrates this technology to create a range of bionic fibers with eco-responsible properties. These fibers are biodegradable, thermoregulating, soft touch, odor control and UV protection. In addition, Camangi claims that the fabrics created from this technology are both skin-friendly, ideal for sensitive skin, and environmentally friendly. Its applications are numerous and are just waiting to be inserted into new textile production processes to demonstrate the extent of its benefits. Bed linen, jeans, underwear, activewear: a huge field of possibilities for the latest eco-responsible technology.

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Crédit photo : Umorfil beauty fiber

Umorfil® Beauty Fiber® manufacturing process

First of all, collagen is extracted from the scales of the Tilapia and then packaged in powder form. At the same time, cellulose is extracted from wood such as spruce. The two solutions are then mixed. A technical step then allows the spinning of these materials, notably following a wet extrusion. Thus, although the manufacturing process is innovative and eco-friendly, the issue of cellulose extraction is problematic. Like the viscose process, deforestation is one of the consequences of the creation of these fibers. However, this fiber has a positive impact on the environment because it valorizes the waste of Tilapia, from the food industry.

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Crédit photo : umorfil beauty fiber

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