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SCIENCE-ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY FIBER

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By ITN News Editor January 30, 2020 13:18

SCIENCE-ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY FIBER

Don’t throw away your old T-shirts, socks and jeans! They can be recycled into new, fashionable and comfortable clothing, according to a new company in the U.S.
Evrnu (pronounced Ever New), a company working out of a laboratory in Newark, New Jersey has developed a new fiber called NuCycl that looks and feels like cotton. NuCycl is made entirely from recycled clothing and promises to reduce fashion industry waste and its toxic environmental impacts.
The fiber has already caught the attention of Stella McCartney, Adidas, Levi’s and Target. And consumers can expect to see clothing made from NuCycl in stores this year, according to Evrnu.
During a peek inside the laboratory, Reuters was able to see the manufacturing process.
First, cotton shirts, socks and other garments are stripped of their buttons and zippers. The polyester thread and all dyes are removed. The clothing is turned into a paper-looking pulp, which is dissolved in an ionic liquid. The liquid is then pumped into a bin filled with a proprietary mixture and turned into a durable thread. The thread is softened, dried and wound onto a spool and can be used to make new clothes.
“So we can essentially take our old clothes, liquefy them, turn them into our new clothes,” said Evrnu CEO and co-founder Stacy Flynn.
Evrnu said with the right mixture of ingredients they can create a fiber that is up to three times stronger than cotton.
Flynn said the NuCycl fiber is environmentally-friendly to make.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 30, 2020 13:18