We are living on this planet long enough, taking its resources, but what are we giving back in exchange? Human Material Loop researches the concept of humans as a sustainable material of the future and proposes an alternative material to integrate into our daily products. Hair has been playing an important role in our lives, from defining our identity it also shows the religion we associate with or the political ideology we believe in. The most common interest in hair is focused on hair growth, hair types, and hair care, but hair is also an important biomaterial primarily composed of protein, notably keratin. With the increase of global energy crisis and ecology risk, the unique advantages of biological fibers such as human hair are not yet implemented in our product cycles. Human hair and its abundance quantity, non-toxic, non-irritation of the skin, high tensile strength, lightweight, thermal insulator, flexibility, and oil-absorbing capability as a material show a great potential in...
We are living on this planet long enough, taking its resources, but what are we giving back in exchange? Human Material Loop researches the concept of humans as a sustainable material of the future and proposes an alternative material to integrate into our daily products. Hair has been playing an important role in our lives, from defining our identity it also shows the religion we associate with or the political ideology we believe in. The most common interest in hair is focused on hair growth, hair types, and hair care, but hair is also an important biomaterial primarily composed of protein, notably keratin. With the increase of global energy crisis and ecology risk, the unique advantages of biological fibers such as human hair are not yet implemented in our product cycles. Human hair and its abundance quantity, non-toxic, non-irritation of the skin, high tensile strength, lightweight, thermal insulator, flexibility, and oil-absorbing capability as a material show a great potential integrating it into our production system. In Europe 72 million kg of human hair, waste ends up in landfills or in the drainage system causing several problems. Human Material Loop integrates human hair into our textile production, lowers the demand for cotton and exchanges synthetic fibers for natural ones, and creates impact by integrating a local, biodegradable fiber into our textile industry.

The textile industry is the second largest polluter in the world just after the oil industry. The demand for currently used materials would reduce due to integration of human hair textiles. Processing human hair which today is discarded as waste would introduce a raw material to the textile industry, skipping stages of raw material production: Growing, cultivating - human hair until it’s cut is taken care of by individuals; Harvest and cleaning process - human hair collection doesn’t require large scale harvest and the cleaning process is almost zero. 2,6% of the global freshwater is used to produce cotton today. Human hair doesn't require any water for processing. Human hair doesn't require retting as other plant-based fibers and collected waste hair is already in a later stage compared to other fibers in the refining process. Coloring human hair textiles can be taken from the beauty industry without chemical ingredients. The impact of integrating human hair textiles would not only have huge environmental effects but also the value of our waste would gain new perspectives.
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Zsofia Kollar CEO Founder - Human Material Loop -Integrating waste human hair into a closed-loop recycling system, a new material in the textile industry,