Episode 31: Lanzatech Turns Carbon Emissions into Fashion

Stefanie Valentic, Editorial Director

September 2, 2021

One day, everything we wear might have been waste at one point.

lululemon athletic inc. recently approached biotechnology company Lanzatech with the idea to create the world's first yarn and fabric using CO2 emissions. The process turns the waste into ethanol which is then manufactured into fiber.

"Recycling carbon is a fundamental element of the circular economy, which will keep fossil carbon in the ground, reducing pollution and fossil fuel usage when used to make polyester. With a lower carbon footprint, this innovation could transform lululemon’s products and the apparel industry," Lanzatech stated.

The company typically sources carbon from different types of feedstocks, from industrial emissions to syngas from gasified agricultural or household waste (including textile waste) and atmospheric CO2. 

Join the conversation with Lanzatech CEO Jennifer Holmgren and Editorial Stefanie Valentic as they discuss the process of turning carbon emissions into textiles, the company's partnerships and what the future holds for waste.


About the Author(s)

Stefanie Valentic

Editorial Director, Waste360

Stefanie Valentic is the editorial director of Waste360. She can be reached at [email protected].


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