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December 14, 2021

New Zara dresses made from recycled carbon emissions

Inditex-owned Zara has partnered with biotechnology company LanzaTech to launch a limited line of black dresses made from carbon emissions.

By Laura Husband

The Zara capsule collection of black party dresses incorporates fabric made with carbon emissions.

LanzaTech’s biological process captures and converts steel mill emissions that would otherwise be emitted into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide.

The company claims the Zara capsule collection of black dresses marks the first clothing to come to market made from carbon waste.

LanzaTech recycles the steel mill emissions into Lanzanol (ethanol) through a fermentation process. The Lanzanol is then converted into low carbon monoethylene glycol by the company India Glycols Limited which is then converted into low carbon polyester yarn. This yarn has been used to make fabric for a Zara capsule collection of party dresses.
Beyond industrial emissions, LanzaTech converts different feedstocks including agricultural or household waste into ethanol through a fermentation process much like that of beer or wine, only using waste carbon from sugars and microbes, instead of yeast.
“We are hugely excited about this collaboration with Inditex and Zara which brings fashion made from waste carbon emissions to the market,” says Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech.
“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 dresses are available for purchase online only.

Earlier this year, LanzaTech partnered with Canadian athletic apparel retailer Lululemon Athletica on what was claimed to be the world’s first yarn and fabric using recycled carbon emissions that would otherwise be emitted to the atmosphere as pollution.

LanzaTech also converts different feedstocks including agricultural or household waste into ethanol through a fermentation process much like that of beer or wine, only using waste carbon from sugars and microbes, instead of yeast.

Inditex recently announced it is bringing its net zero emissions target forward ten years to 2040 and aims to hit its sustainable cotton target by 2023, two years ahead of schedule.

The Spanish fashion giant named a new CEO and chairperson earlier this month.

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