The scientific way old clothes are becoming new again
The next time you're thinking of freshening up your wardrobe, don't just throw away your old T-shirts, sweaters and jeans. A company in the U.S. says its found ways to recycle it by literally melting your clothes and making new ones from them. Evrnu works out of a lab near New York City, and has developed a new fiber they call NuCycl that looks and feels like cotton, but they say three times stronger -- made entirely from recycled clothing. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EVRNU CEO AND CO-FOUNDER STACY FLYNN, SAYING: "We can essentially take our old clothes, liquefy them, turn them into our new clothes." That's CEO Stacy Flynn. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EVRNU CEO AND CO-FOUNDER STACY FLYNN, SAYING: "If we prevent textiles from entering landfills, that is by far our biggest environmental reduction because that methane that happens in a landfill cannot occur." Flynn says the fiber has already caught the attention of fashion designer Stella McCartney, as well as global brands Adidas and Levi's. And they expect NyCycl to pop up in some stores within the year (SOUNDBITE) (English) EVRNU PRESIDENT AND CO-FOUNDER CHRISTOPHER STANEV, SAYING: "And you can see the texture. This is still like T-shirts or shirts. You can see the woven structure." According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in 2017 nearly 17,000 tons of textiles were generated and of that about 2 thirds of the used of that sent to landfills. Any item made with the NuCycl fiber can go on, they say, to be liquefied again to make something else new, too.
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