Toronto startup aims to turn food waste into sustainable textiles

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A Toronto-based startup is conducting lab experiments to create biodegradable and carbon-neutral fabrics that can be sold to fashion retailers. The duo behind ALT TEX aims to replace synthetic and non-renewable fibre polyester with polylactic acid sourced from unused post-industrial food waste. Here’s how they plan to make sustainable clothing out of banana peels, rotten tomatoes, coffee grounds and mouldy bread, while diverting organic waste from landfills.


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