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Instead of emitting carbon dioxide into the air, this innovation collects the gas, activates and transforms it into sustainable polyester fabric that looks and feels like regular polyester.

Awarded: €150,000 Year: 2020 Company: Fairbrics

The innovation in a nutshell

Converting greenhouse gas into sustainable polyester.

Let us explain

Do you know what you’re wearing? If you’re like most people, you’re probably wearing at least one thing made partly out of polyester. It’s one of the most common materials in today’s fashion industry. Conventional polyester is derived from petroleum in a process that emits huge amounts of greenhouse gases. Unfortunately, it’s a scientific fact that our planet can’t cope with the increasing levels of carbon dioxide. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to turn textile production into a part of the solution instead of the problem?

Great news: There is! For this innovation, the sky is full of resources. Instead of emitting carbon dioxide into the air, the gas is trapped, activated and transformed into sustainable polyester pellets. The result will be a sustainable polyester fabric that looks and feels like regular polyester. The more thread we will make, the better it will be for the planet. Talk about fashion for the future.

Team members: Benoit Illy, Tawfiq Nasr Allah and Ali Nasr Allah
Country: France
Company: Fairbrics

“Winning the Global Change Award was an incredible recognition for us and for all the hard work we have put days after days to create and make Fairbrics real. We are looking forward to be part of the GCA community and to create long term relationships with talented people who have the common goal of making fashion industry sustainable.”
Benoit Illy, Founder Fairbrics