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Zara Creates LBD Made From Carbon Emissions

Post Date 2021.12.13From:LIVEKINDLY BY CHARLOTTE POINTING https://www.livekindly.co/zara-party-dress-carbon-emissions/

There was a time when it was incredibly unlikely that a Chinese steel mill and a Zara party dress would feature in the same sentence. But that era is over. The fast fashion giant’s new capsule holiday collection features fabric made with recycled steel plant carbon emissions.

In a process similar to brewing beer, carbon recycling startup LanzaTech captures emissions, before turning them into ethanol (the company is calling its version of the chemical Lanzanol) through fermentation. Next, with the help of its external partners India Glycols Limited and Far Eastern New Century, the Lanzanol is turned into low carbon monoethylene glycol, before it is converted into low-carbon polyester yarn.

In a market first, that polyester has then been used by Zara to create a new range of chic party dresses for holiday get-togethers. Lululemon has also been working with LanzaTech to create yoga pants.

According to Jennifer Holmgren, LanzaTech’s chief executive officer, working with Zara has allowed the startup to find a “new pathway to recycle carbon emissions to make fabric.”

If allowed to pollute the atmosphere, these carbon emissions would contribute to climate change by trapping heat, leading to increased global warming.