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Zara collaborates with LanzaTech for collection made of recycled carbon emissions

Camilla Rydzek
14 December 2021

Zara is partnering with carbon-recycling company LanzaTech to launch a capsule collection of party dresses whose yarn is made up of recycled carbon emissions.   

The company's CarbonSmart™ technology uses a biological process to capture and convert carbon emissions, which would otherwise be emitted into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide, and recycles them into ethanol through a fermentation process.

The fermentation process works much like that of beer or wine, but instead of yeast, bacteria are using waste carbon to create fuel and chemicals, the company said.

The ethanol, which is also "Lanzanol" is then converted into low carbon monoethylene glycol and then converted into low carbon polyester yarn by different partner companies. The final yarn was then used to make the fabric for the capsule collection.

Jennifer Holmgren, Chief Executive Officer of LanzaTech, said: “We are hugely excited about this collaboration with Inditex and Zara which brings fashion made from waste carbon emissions to the market. 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.”

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