The potential of its fiber

Insulating, hydrophobic, silky.. and lighter than a feather!

A plant-based alternative to down feathers and synthetic insulators

Milkweed floss is known for its exceptional thermal capacity and its ultra-lightness. Its hollow structure represents 80% of its volume. This cavity traps air, making it an amazing insulator. Its walls are naturally coated with a layer of wax, which as an hydrophobic barrier, protecting it from bad weather. Naturally antibacterial, the fiber resist odors.

Being naturally hydrophobic, the fiber is fast drying. Even wet, it retains its insulating properties. With a lower density than goose down, but higher thermal capacity, milkweed floss is nature’s best option.

Fibres et semence Asclépiade commune Fibre and seed Common milkweed Coop Monark

Research and innovation

Over the last years, numerours scientists have studied common milkweed to better understand its fiber’s potential. Many studies have been undertaken to examine its characteristics and various applications across industries. Early on, Monark Coop has partnered with Sherbrooke University; Mathieu Robert Phd and his team are actively involved in the research and development of milkweed floss.

By Julia Nehring