At just 17 years old, Faye Jong is already a proud inventor of a totally organic cloth made from 100 percent natural materials and bio-wastes. Making use of mangosteen skins, rambutan rinds, pineapple peel, used tea leaves and fish scales as mordants and onion skin extract as the dye source, she has already brought her research to an international level.
Competing at the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, California in the category of Environmental Management, she won the ‘Best of Category’ award and ‘First Place’ award. On top of that, in recognition of her achievement, she also received an honorary naming of an asteroid after her by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln LINEAR Laboratory.
In September 2014, she competed in the European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) in Warsaw, Poland and was awarded the PZU Foundation Award. Last March, she participated in the Shanghai Adolescents’ Science and Technology Innovation Contest as an invited speaker to give a keynote address at their closing ceremony in Shanghai, China.
She believes that by using these natural mordants and colourants, water pollution by heavy metals can be greatly reduced thus reducing water pollution. Besides that, the use of these bio-wastes are safe to the health of the handlers and users, thus reducing health hazards.
Her ultimate goal is to create a greener environment for a sustainable future.