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“Wooden” Jeans Could Provide a More Environmentally Friendly Alternative to Denim

Posted By Charley Cameron On February 16, 2013 @ 3:13 pm In Design,Eco Textiles,Ecouterre,News | No Comments

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The denim industry has a phenomenal impact on the environment [2]. Traditional cotton jeans carry a substantial carbon footprint with each single pair requiring 42 liters of water, along with up to 15 dyeing vats full of harmful chemicals to produce. But Dawn Ellams, a PhD researcher at Scotland’s Heriot-Watt [3] University believes she has come up with a less destructive and surprising alternative — denim made from sustainably sourced wood pulp. Spun into a cotton-like fabric, which is marketed under the name Tencel [4], the wooden jeans require only one fifth of the water, energy, and chemicals of their conventional counterparts.


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2013/02/dawn-ellams-537x402.jpg

[2] environment: http://inhabitat.com/environmental-destruction

[3] Heriot-Watt: http://www.hw.ac.uk/

[4] Tencel: http://www.ecouterre.com/tencel-a-soft-and-silky-alternative-to-cotton/

[5] READ MORE >: http://www.ecouterre.com/could-wooden-jeans-reduce-the-denim-industrys-carbon-footprint/

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