‘Wooden’ denim uses less resources by replacing cotton with tree pulp

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The textiles industry is one with a sizeable carbon footprint, especially considering the always-changing nature of fashion quickly renders products out of date. We've already seen Vapor Apparel recycle landfill plastic into its ECO Spin fabric, and now a PhD researcher from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland has developed environmentally-friendly 'wooden' jeans – a denim made from the pulp of eucalyptus trees. According to Dawn Ellams, who is studying at the university's School of Textiles and Design, the traditional method for making one pair of jeans out of cotton requires around 42 liters of water and uses a number of harmful…

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