Today, biotech company LanzaTech has announced a collaboration with Inditex that led to the design of a capsule collection for the retail group’s largest brand Zara that incorporates fabric made with carbon emissions, avoiding their emission into the atmosphere (CarbonSmart™).
“We are hugely excited about this collaboration with Inditex and Zara which brings fashion made from waste carbon emissions to the market,” said Jennifer Holmgren, Chief Executive Officer of LanzaTech.
LanzaTech’s biological process captures and converts steel mill emissions that would otherwise be emitted into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. LanzaTech recycles the 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.
“LanzaTech has the technology that can help fashion brands and retailers limit their carbon impact,” Holmgren said. By working with Zara, we have found a new pathway to recycle carbon emissions to make fabric.”
The dresses are available for sale beginning today at www.zara.com.