While bamboo fabric has become mainstream, there seem to be plenty of other naturally occurring plants from which durable and long lasting fabrics could potentially be derived. One company in Taiwan has recently started turning coffee beans into a "super high-tech eco fabric." If only this would allow me to skip my morning cup of coffee ...
While there are plenty of uses for coffee grounds besides dumping them in the trash, there's now a high-tech way to re-purpose them as new clothing. Singtex has created a process to reuse coffee grounds in their S. Cafe fabrics (not to be confused with McCafe). Their process transforms coffee grounds into yarn, which is then knitted or woven into fabrics.
Singtex Industrial claims to be able to produce two shirts from the amount of grounds needed to make "one medium cup of coffee." The fabric is also said to be fast drying, naturally adept at controlling odor, completely organic, does not use any chemicals, and provides UV-Protection.
Singtex also makes a variety of other eco fabrics including those from recycled PET bottles and fabrics embedded with coconut for odor control and UV protection.
Learn more about S. Cafe at Singtex's Web site.