Zara creates party dresses made from recycled carbon emissions

Model wears a little black dress made from captured carbon emissions
“We are hugely excited about this collaboration with Inditex and Zara which brings fashion made from waste carbon emissions to the market,”
// Carbon-recycling company LanzaTech, partners with Inditex to create textiles made from captured carbon emissions
// The collaboration with Zara marks the first time clothes produced from captured carbon have been made available for sale

Zara has partnered with the biotech company LanzaTech to launch a capsule collection of party dresses whose yarn is made up of recycled carbon emissions.

The company’s CarbonSmart™technology uses a biological process to capture and convert carbon emissions, which would otherwise be emitted into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide, and recycles them into ethanol through a fermentation process.

The resulting capsule collection of party dresses is available for sale through Zara.com from this week, with the companies highlighting how the technology both captures carbon emissions and displaces demand for conventional fossil fuel-based polyester yarns.


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LanzaTech explained that its partnership with Zara parent company Inditex has seen it capture steel mill emissions that would otherwise be emitted into the atmosphere and then recycles the captured emissions into Lanzanol (ethanol) through a fermentation process.

The Lanzanol is then converted into low carbon monoethylene glycol (MEG) by the company India Glycols Limited, which is then converted into low carbon polyester yarn that is used by Zara in its new collection.

The resulting textiles are not made from 100 per cent captured carbon, with the MEG provided by Lanzatech making up 20 per cent of the final polyester with the remaining 80 per cent coming from purified Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA). However, the company said that the final garment has polyester made of 20 per cent industrial carbon emissions.

LanzaTech chief executive Jennifer Holmgren hailed the partnership as a major milestone.

“We are hugely excited about this collaboration with Inditex and Zara which brings fashion made from waste carbon emissions to the market,” she said.

“LanzaTech has the technology that can help fashion brands and retailers limit their carbon impact. By working with Zara, we have found a new pathway to recycle carbon emissions to make fabric.”

The collaboration with Zara marks the first time clothes produced from captured carbon have been made available for sale.

The move marks another step forward for the company’s ambitious plans to deploy its carbon capture and conversion technologies across a host of industries, including agriculture, waste processing, and various heavy industries to recycle captured carbon into a range of useful materials.

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