Australian technology company Nanollose, headed up by former Gap Inc clothing boss Alfie Germano, is producing what it claims is the world’s first plant-free fibre, offering a sustainable alternative to commonly used fibres such as cotton for the textile industry. The company is developing a technology that uses biomass from waste products such as beer, wine and liquid food, to extract cellulose fibres – one of the main ingredients in fashion and textile production. The process, Nanollose says, requires very little land, water or energy. A production cycle is just 18 days, compared to the eight months seen in the cotton industry.