Ironing Could Become A Thing Of The Past Thanks To New Miracle Fabric

If you're not a fan of ironing, here's a story for you.

Australian scientists are working to develop the world's first natural non-creasing, stretchy and even waterproof cotton.

“It will still be biodegradable, renewable and still nice to wear, but will have additional properties,” CSIRO’s Dr Madeline Mitchell said.

“Things like stretchiness, no iron, insulation and durability.”

Unlike many fibres, cotton isn't made up of a number of cells but is one long cell in itself.

What this world-first project by the CSIRO aims to do is add cells to the cotton plant to modify the fibre's properties as it grows in an effort to not only benefit consumers, but Aussie cotton farmers.

“We generate somewhere between three and five million bales per year while the world produces 120 million bales,” says Cotton Seed Distributors Managing Director Peter Graham.

“The better quality product we can produce the more chance we have of putting it into that market”.

Cotton often gets a bad rap environmentally due to its high water usage in production.

But the CSIRO says compared to synthetics, it’s far better for both the environment and our health.

“When we wash synthetics and textiles, they release tiny pieces of micro plastic into the environment and they just break into smaller and smaller pieces so we actually find these micro plastics in our drinking water and table salt.”

If the project is successful, this miracle material could be on the shelves and in our wardrobes within a decade.