LanzaTech And Lulemon Deliver The First Carbon Capture Fabric

LanzaTech And Lulemon Deliver The First Carbon Capture Fabric - Carbon Herald

The retail and apparel sectors are changing. New carbon capture technologies are starting a revolution in the fashion industry. Biotech startup LanzaTech and high-end athletic apparel brand Lululemon are joining forces to create the world’s first carbon capture yarn and fabric made from CO2 emissions. 

The companies have developed a polyester made from captured carbon emissions, with the same properties, appearance, and functionality of virgin polyester made from petroleum resources. The new product is deemed to be a game-changer of industrial fabric production. 

“We must radically change how we source, utilize and dispose of carbon…Carbon recycling enables companies like lululemon to continue to move away from virgin fossil resources, bring circularity to their products, and achieve their climate change goals around carbon reduction. We call this being CarbonSmart,” said LanzaTech CEO Jennifer Holmgren.

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LanzaTech – the carbon capture utilization and storage startup, is working with sustainable petrochemical manufacturer India Glycols Limited (IGL) and Taiwanese textile producer Far Eastern New Century (FENC) for this partnership. FENC’s technology is used to convert its ethanol into polyester. 

LanzaTech is one of the carbon capture companies that use carbon recycling technology in a way similar to a brewery. However, instead of using sugars and yeast to make beer, CO2 is converted by bacteria to fuels and chemical products. The company is already working with big brands like Unilever, Mibelle, L’Oréal, and COTY to create low carbon packaging, perfume, laundry detergent, and household cleaners.

Lululemon on the other side is aiming to deliver on its Impact Agenda goals via this partnership. The Impact Agenda entails making 100% of its products with sustainable materials and end-of-use solutions and transitioning toward a circular ecosystem by 2030. 

Materials and products made from recycled carbon are considered one of the most eco-friendly ways of reducing industrial CO2 pollution from those processes. The emissions trapped in value-adding products and sequestered for a while could bring immediate CO2 reduction which is critical for addressing rising emissions levels.

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