Growing high-quality cotton in a lab instead of on big farms, using less water and no land. The process emits far less greenhouse gas than traditional cotton. And it’s fast, as much as ten times faster than conventional cotton.
The innovation in a nutshell
Using biotechnology to create lab-grown cotton.
Let us explain
You may rarely think about it, but a lot of resources have gone into the making of your favourite cotton t-shirt. And we mean a lot. Conventional cotton production requires massive amounts of water, land and a hefty cocktail containing thousands of chemicals. It also results in considerable greenhouse gas emissions. It makes you wish there was a smarter way to make cotton.
And luckily, there is! By producing cotton from cells – not plants – in a lab instead of on huge farms, this innovation makes it possible to grow the same cotton everybody loves, but in a different way. The lab-grown cotton can be grown anywhere, without being dependent on soil and weather conditions, and without exhausting our planet. The method is ten times faster, and uses less than 80% water and land while emitting only a fraction of the greenhouse gas compared to traditional cotton. The price would be the same as for the high-quality cotton on the market today.
Does this story sound fluffy to you? Yes, it’s the kind of cotton soft fluff not only dreams are made of, but also a greater, more sustainable future for everyone.
Team members: Luciano Bueno, Paula Elbl and Letícia Luz
Country: Brazil, based in the US