Food waste converted into fibres for textiles

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Today, just 65 percent of fibres used in textile manufacturing derive from natural sources. At the same time, a huge amount of natural fibre goes to waste each year in the form of food excess. Estimates show that the banana industry alone generates 270 million tons of waste each year. All peels and stems are either burned or left to rot, producing methane gas which contributes to global warming. Now, Isaac Nichelson and his startup, Circular Systems, are hoping to do something about this by converting natural waste fibres into usable materials.

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