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the problem



73% of clothing is landfilled or incinerated at end-of-life

polyester makes up 51.5% of fibers used in apparel globally, so 'waste' clothing is mostly 'waste' polyester 01


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source: textile exchange. (2019). preferred fiber & materials market report 2019

our solution



100% of cycora™ material can be ambercycled into new material

this eliminates end-of-life 'waste' and closes the loop on polyester

fully circular

our mission is to overcome the limitations of current recycling processes in order to stop valuable materials from ending up in landfills.

the ambercycle process enables true circularity for polyester by separating fibers within garments on a molecular level and reprocessing them as if they were brand new.

 

there’s already so much material in the world, let’s just learn how to rescue it.

recycling vs ambercycling

bottle to garment

+ 1 life

– quality of garments is influenced by the cleanliness of bottles

– no existing infrastructure to recycle the material once in garment form 

 

garment to garment

+ 2 lives

– shredding process

– original fiber length is not possible

– dyes are not removed
– impossible to remove all foreign contamination

 

ambercycling

+ infinite lives

 

– reprocessing of the material the way virgin materials are processed

 

 

who we are

we are a ragtag group of technologists, creatives, and businesspeople, committed to realizing material harmony

faqs

synthetic fabrics are those made from human-manufactured materials rather than living sources like cotton or wool. polyester, nylon, and spandex are examples of synthetic fabrics.

PET is a material that is used to make a variety of goods: plastic water bottles, food and beverage containers, apparel, car parts, and more.

it starts with oil. at a refinery, oil is transformed through a series of chemical reactions (refined) into PET plastic pellets. the PET is then melted, pushed through an array of small holes, and polyester fibers are collected. the polyester can then be woven or knit into everything from curtains, carpets, t-shirts, shoe uppers, and more.

polyester is the common name for polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a widely used plastic. PET is called polyester when it’s used to make textile and apparel products

exactly. the same plastic molecules that are melted and formed in one way to make plastic water bottles or strawberry containers are simply melted and formed in a different way to make polyester yarns and fabrics

cycora™ is made from end-of-life clothing into the same PET plastic pellets that would have been otherwise derived from oil. we use the regenerated pellets to make new clothes the same way oil-derived pellets are used