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Crop-A-Porter

Making sustainable bio-textiles by using left-overs from food crop harvests.

Awarded: €300,000 Year: 2018 Company: Circular Systems

Food crops bring food on the plate, but the crop waste creates a huge problem as it is usually burnt or left to rot which releases carbon dioxide and methane gas into the atmosphere.  Crop-A-Porter will change this by turning the waste into a valuable resource, that also generates an additional income to the farmers. Crop-A-Porter takes the harvest remains of crops such as oil-seed flax, hemp, sugarcane, bananas and pineapples and turns it into useful bio-fiber through a low-cost, closed loop technology. The bio-fiber can then be turned into textile fabric; and voilà – A new sustainable material ready to take the fashion world by storm.

“The Agraloop will kick-off a new paradigm for natural fiber by levering food crop waste for textile fiber production. We seek to help our industry begin to decouple from cotton as the world’s dominant natural fiber resource. Winning the Global Change Award means we can begin to unlock huge value for the textile and fashion industry. We can now propel this important technology much faster into scaled production. The grant will be used for optimizing our closed-loop technology, protecting IP, and beginning to produce commercial Agraloop BioFibre™ fiber productions,” says Isaac Nichelson.

Team members: Yitzac Goldstein, Geof Kime and Isaac Nichelson
Country: USA
Company: Circular Systems/Agraloop
circular-systems.com