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VANCOUVER – Energy company, Fortum, and fibre technology business, Spinnova, are this week showcasing what is claimed to be the world’s first clothing made from agricultural waste, namely wheat straw, at the Textile Exchange Sustainability Conference in Vancouver. The showpieces include a knitted t-shirt, as well as a jacket and skirt made of a woven fabric on organic cotton warp. The prototype material is said to have an extremely low environmental impact from raw material extraction, processing and manufacture, all verified by life-cycle analysis (LCA).

Fortum, a major European energy company, announced its partnership with Spinnova earlier this year after testing various biomasses, including producing fibre from agro residues and woody biomass.

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