Clothing from scraps

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, and we can start with guilt-free clothes made from the by-products of food production.

So heading off to the office wearing a vegan leather jacket made from pineapple-leaf fibre or a dress crafted from a fabric sourced from banana skins might be just around the corner.

An increasing number of companies are recognizing the circular economy’s potential, both environmentally and economically. Toronto-based start-up Alt Tex uses food waste – fruit, vegetables and wheat deemed unsafe for human or animal consumption – to produce polylactic, an alternative to polyester.

Alt Tex CEO Myra Arshad shared, “We just started experimenting around how we can use existing resources that are already in the world to create fabrics in a more circular way. We truly believe we’re creating something that is the most sustainable fabric and superior to some of the things that have come before us.”

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