Textile-technology startup Evrnu (pronounced “ever new”) has developed an innovative method for turning old clothes and other discarded fabrics into quality fibers that can be used to make new garments. The company’s NuCycl technology extends the life cycle of existing single-use cotton textile fibers while reducing the estimated 92 million tons of textile waste produced by the fashion industry annually.
In 2016, two years after the company was launched, Evrnu partnered with Levi Strauss & Co. to create a prototype pair of Levi’s 511 jeans using discarded cotton T-shirts to create new fiber. “This technology holds great promise and is an exciting advancement as we explore the use of regenerated cotton to help significantly reduce our overall impact on the planet,” Levi Strauss’ head of global product innovation, Paul Dillinger, said at the time.
Evrnu, based in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood, is currently applying its technology in a collaboration with Adidas and British designer Stella McCartney to create a limited-edition recyclable unisex sweatshirt, which has been branded the Infinite Hoodie. “By creating this garment with NuCycl, we reduced greenhouse gases that would have been created with those same clothes if they had gone to a landfill,” states Evrnu’s Community Impact Awards nomination entry.
Impact Bioenergy makes portable bioenergy systems that convert food, farm and beverage waste into renewable energy and biofertilizer. The company’s large Nautilus “anaerobic digester system” is currently part of The Vashon Bioenergy Farm, a community-scale bioenergy initiative. The Nautilus system is installed at the Island Spring Organics tofu factory on Vashon Island and is being used to generate gas, heat and power from an estimated 185 tons of organic waste a year. “This project is at the nexus of local food, energy and water and even benefits disaster preparedness and resiliency thanks to decentralized organics recycling,” says Impact Bioenergy spokesperson Srirup Kumar.