Gallery: Ploughboy Organics Turns Tobacco Waste Into Nontoxic Textiles, Dy...

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Tobacco, as it turns out, is good for more than a smoke. According to one North Carolina company, the plant can also be harnessed as a sustainable, cost-effective resource for the apparel and home-goods industries. Because tobacco is cultivated only for its leaves, tobacco farmers typically throw away hundreds of millions of tons of agricultural waste each year. Through decades of research, however, Suzanne DeVall, founder of Ploughboy Organics, uncovered the plant’s untapped potential, not only as a nontoxic dye but also a fiber that blends well with yarns such as cotton, wool, silk, and cashmere.

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