Fashion brand Zara and LanzaTech have created a new clothing collection made from recycled carbon emissions.
LanzaTech is a startup that converts carbon emissions into new materials such as polyester. Capturing and repurposing carbon emissions from industrial processes, limits the direct release of these emissions into the atmosphere and helps limit the use of virgin fossil resources.
The technology of LanzaTech captures CO2 from industrial processes, farming and domestic waste and uses a fermentation process to transform it into ethanol, a key component in the production of materials such as PET plastic, which is used in polyester thread.
The final PET contains 20% MEG (Monoethylene Glycol) made from recycled carbon emissions and 80% PTA (Purified Terephthalic Acid). The technology developed by LanzaTech ensures fibers maintain properties including quality, performance, and clothing care maintenance.
“We understand the challenges of the fashion industry, so we work to find solutions, seeking new alliances, processes and materials that help limit our impact. innovation and collaboration are fundamental in advancing toward the sustainability of the textile industry. Startup LanzaTechxZara is the first sustainability innovation hub collaboration, which we are using to work on different projects that help us promote and scale initiatives to make our products more sustainable,” reads Zara statement.
“The sustainability innovation hub is a platform that supports new technologies, materials and processes to limit the environmental impacts of our products, helping us advance toward more sustainable solutions and circularity. the goal of this platform is to identify and test innovative initiatives with a view to scale them up to our supply chain and the textile industry,” says Zara’s statement.