TURNING FOOD INTO THREAD

Back in the 1960s, 97 per cent of thread used in clothing was made from natural materials, that number has dropped significantly, with only 35 per cent of clothing being made from natural materials today.

Circular Systems wanted to change the way we create fashion fibres, so they have developed innovative technology that can turn food waste into thread. The machine, known as Agraloop, has the ability to turn sugarcane bark, pineapple leaves, and banana, hemp and flax stalks into textile-grade fibres.

Agraloop allows farmers and food producers to dispose of their own waste and then sell the fibres to make an additional profit from what would normally be considered rubbish.

Early this year Circular Systems won the Global Change award from the H&M Foundation.