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Polyester from pollution? Fashion’s next generation goes green

Polyester from pollution? Fashion’s next generation goes green

THIN LEI WIN FROM using custom-made, biodegradable fabrics and 'living' clothes that photosynthesize to polyester created from planet-warming carbon dioxide, European start-ups are on a quest to transform one of the world's most polluting industries: fashion. The business is responsible for 10% of global carbon emissions, more than all international flights and maritime shipping combined during the pre-pandemic period, said the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). A sizable chunk of fashion's emissions - up to 40% - comes from the manufacture of polyester, the most-used fabric, said Benoit Illy, co-founder and CEO of French start-up Fairbrics. "If we can bring emissions from…
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