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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
The denim industry has a phenomenal impact on the environment . 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  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 , the wooden jeans require only one fifth of the water, energy, and chemicals of their conventional counterparts.
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 Tencel: http://www.ecouterre.com/tencel-a-soft-and-silky-alternative-to-cotton/
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