Gallery: Could “Wooden” Jeans Reduce the Denim Industry’s Carbon Footprint...

Dawn Ellams, Heriot-Watt School of Textiles and Design, United Kingdom, U.K., Tencel, eucalyptus, eco-textiles, sustainable textiles, eco-friendly textiles, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, eco-friendly jeans, sustainable jeans, eco-friendly denim, sustainable denim

Denim made from sustainable wood pulp, rather than cotton, could be the key to reducing the jeans industry’s sizable environmental footprint, according to a fashion student at Heriot-Watt University. Dawn Ellams, a Ph.D researcher at the School of Textiles and Design in Scotland, developed her “no-cotton” jeans using eucalyptus-tree pulp, which is spun into a cotton-like yarn marketed under the trade name of Tencel. She also used digital-printing technology to replicate the stone-washed effect denim aficionados crave. Despite their physical similarities, Ellams says her “wooden” jean uses only a fifth of the water, energy, and chemicals required by its conventional counterpart.

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