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Harvesting navel fluff will improve global economy

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Started: 7/21/2019 Category: Economics
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Debating Period
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Bar recklessly discarding navel fluff, It could instead be collected, Spun and knitted into fully wearable clothes.
Also, Given the fact than many animals also have navels, There's virtually no end to the amount of potentially 100 percent fully organic recyclable yarn running around out there just waiting to be harvested wherever it's found.
This would of course open up to a whole variety of new job opportunities, With professions such as "navel engineer", "fluff technician", Together with everyone else from janitors to CEO's.
Needless to say this would of course lead to an overall improvement in global economy, Together with people all over the world queuing, In tents during winter even, To make sure they wouldn't miss out on the latest Prada/Dior/Gucci/Armani creations.


I believe that navel fluff would be an extremely inefficient and cost ineffective way of developing clothes, And would in no way contribute to the global economy.
Georg Steinhauser, A researcher at the Vienna University of Technology collected his navel fluff every evening for 3 years, Collecting 503 samples in total. The combined weight of these samples was less than 1 gram. Being extremely generous and assuming the average navel fluff collector could collect 100 samples per day from willing participants, This would be less than 0. 2grams of fluff collected per day per collector. Considering the presumed cost of running navel fluff collection facilities, As well as the engineers, Technicians, Janitors and CEOs you mentioned that would also need to be paid, This would seemingly be an extremely costly material from which to make clothes.
As your idea is quite unique, I couldn't find any research on how much navel fluff would be required to make 1 item of clothing. However Steinhauser chemically tested a sample of his navel fluff and found that it matched the composition of the t-shirt he had been wearing that day, Leading us to believe that navel fluff is made up in part by fibres that come from the clothes we're wearing. Assuming each participant is wearing a cotton t-shirt on the day their fluff is harvested, We could compare this to the production of cotton t-shirts.
On average, 0. 18kg or 180g of cotton is required to make a single cotton t-shirt. Let's round up Steinhauser's data and assume that 1g of navel fluff is collected per 500 samples. This would mean that 90, 000 samples would need to be collected in order to make 1 wearable item of clothing from navel fluff. For one person to harvest this, Based on the assumption they could harvest 100 samples per day, This would take 900 days, Or just under 2 and a half years. This is not including the sterilisation processes that the collections would need to go through to remove dead skin cells and bacteria that is also collected from participants. Again, This appears to be extremely ineffective and the costs of production would lead to very high prices of the final piece of clothing.
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So, Given that the average naval fluff weighs about 2 pounds, That would lead to roughly 1. 8 square miles of high quality fabric ready to be stitched up into ravishing new creations for display on catwalks which drooling spectators observes with watery yearning eyes.
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