Transforming Food Waste into Fashion

Transforming Food Waste into Fashion

The discarded byproducts from the cultivation of orange, banana, sugarcane, and other crops.
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Recycling agricultural wastes to create new sustainable fabrics
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Food crop agriculture creates a tremendous amount of waste in the form of the parts of the plants that are not consumed: fruit peels, leaves, stalks, etc. All of this material has been going to waste, either burned or left to rot, to the detriment of the environment.
Now, however, a number of companies are opting for a circular economy, recycling agricultural wastes to create beautiful new sustainable fabrics.
Circular Systems startup
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For example, take Circular Systems(1) ( #Circular Systems ), a startup founded by fashion industry veteran Isaac Nichelson, inventor of the patented Agraloop™ technology. Agraloop™ takes agricultural wastes from crops like bananas, pineapples, flax, hemp, and sugarcane, and spins them into a natural fiber which can in turn be made into fabric.
Technologies like Agraloop™ are changing the sustainable fabric industry in ways that seem surreal until one understands the logic. Plant parts contain fibers, and agricultural wastes represent a tremendous source of fibers that would otherwise go to waste.
The crops are enough to meet the global demand for fiber 
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Consider the five crops mentioned above: bananas, pineapples, flax, hemp, and sugarcane. Between them, these five crops generate an estimated 250 million tons of fiber every year, enough to meet the global demand for fiber 2.5 times over.
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Circular Systems website ( https://www.circular-systems.com/ )
 

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