Evrnu, a Seattle based company created by Stacy Flynn and Christopher Flanev, is a small business with the grand vision of closing the material loop of a challenging industry: textiles.
“In the U.S. alone, 14.3 million tons of textile waste was created last year, and only. While 2.3 million tons of it was recycled, we know the numbers could be better. Much better. But it’s not easy. The global textile and apparel industry relies on a vulnerable, resource-intensive supply chain that causes massive waste and environmental harm. It is one of the world’s largest producers of toxic environmental waste, affecting air, water, and soil resources.”
Evrnu founders asked the question: “Is there a way we can break down garment waste, convert it to new fiber, and transform the entire system? ” With this challenge, the Evrnu team developed an innovative way to recycle old cotton clothing. Rather than directly reusing textiles in a “downcycle” way to make something like insulation material, Evrnu’s proprietary technology breaks down the fibers to a molecular pulp that can then be extruded, spun, dyed and made into brand new textiles. The new fibers are softer and hold color better than their source materials! In addition to creating a new source of fiber to replace virgin material, the process uses 98 percent less water in production than virgin cotton products.
Evrnu’s award-winning team is working with textile and garment companies such as Levi Strauss & Co. Their first pair of Levi’s jeans, made from 5 old cotton T-shirts, was revealed on May 2016. As technologies such as Evrnu’s are developed over time, there will be greater opportunities to accelerate the pace of change towards a closed loop apparel industry.
More information on www.evrnu.com
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